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August 1977

The Children of the Counterculture

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BONNIE KLEIN Jewish General Hospital Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics McGill University School of Medicine Montreal, Quebec

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(8):931-932. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120210109029

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This book is designed to answer the intriguing question: What happened to the children of the children who "dropped out" in the 1960s? The generation who rejected the politics and ideals of their so-called permissive parents of the 1940's were now having kids of their own.

This new counterculture arrived at a position wherein it could theoretically produce, through the transmission of new ideals and possibly new childrearing techniques, a new type of child. It is doubtful whether the very diverse countercultures conceived of their role that way, but nevertheless, the possibility existed that as a consequence of new, largely communal organizational forms, a new product would be created. In search of this new child, John Rothchild and Susan Wolf set out to discover the child-rearing approaches of many different counterculture communal settings. Susan Wolf's two children, Chauncey (age 5) and Bernsie (age 3) came along for the ride and

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