- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: n+1 Foundation (October 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982597711
- ISBN-13: 978-0982597712
- Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation
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But since this book was more or less free, I have less skin in the game when I say that this book was a disappointment.
I didn't realize what the structure of the book was. Basically, it it put together around a single conference presentation, with an introduction, three exploratory essays that were the presentation, an edited transcription of the discussion of the three essays, then several responses. The book closes with four more random essays on the topic. These are the strong point, and can stand alone from the rest of the book.
As individual pieces, they work, and are very interesting and worth reading. If you find this around, pick this up and turn to page 114. Start there. The symposium doesn't answer any questions, just sort of meanders. Overall, a disappointment, especially since I have loved other books by the press. I guess it is the fragmentary nature of the thing. It asks a question that I never feel is answered, and it is pieced together to become book length with an absurd Q&A. Not that the questions are too absurd, it's just absurd that that part is not only included, but takes up more than a quarter of the printed pages.
This book is not a definitive treatment of the hipster, which I think is appropriate. Every perspective seems valid, reasonable, and observable in real life. Before reading, I was more interested in what has led to the evolution of hipsterism, and this book addresses the economic and social issues that seem to point out the hole that hipsters fill in society. It's not just a book about hipsters -- it gives them context by describing facets of our society.
I'm going to read this book again.