The Uncommitted: Alienated Youth in American Society
First book by the American social psychologist, a widely reviewed and reprinted survey of alienated youth on the cusp of the hippie-era. A readable blend of theory and detailed case histories, the first half of the book focuses on various types of alienated youth, particularly young college-age men, while the second half investigates the societal factors and attendant psychological states responsible for the posited lack of "social commitment" among the young. Keniston (1930-2020) received his Ph.D from Oxford University, and over the course of his career taught at Harvard, Yale, and MIT, where he founded the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), while authoring such other books as Young Radicals: Notes on Committed Youth, and Youth and Dissent: The Rise of a New Opposition.
NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. First edition. Octavo, 8.75 x 6 in. viii, 500pp., with appendix, reference notes, and bibliography. Blue cloth boards, silver spine titles, light blue topstain; in dust jacket. Light shelfwear, a few scattered spots of soiling to the half-title page and to the upper fore-edge of textblock. Unclipped ("$8.50") jacket with a small triangular chip at base of spine, several short closed tears at head of spine, mild rubbing to front panel. Near fine in a very good (+) jacket. An uncommon title in the first printing.