Thumbing a Ride

Hitchhikers, Hostels, and Counterculture in Canada

Linda Mahood

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  • Published: August 2018
  • Subject Listing: History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 34 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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As a national network of roads spread across Canada, so did the practice of hitchhiking. Thumbing a Ride examines its rise and fall in the 1970s, drawing on records from the time. Many equated adventure travel with freedom and independence, but a counter-narrative emerged of girls gone missing and other dangers. Town councillors, community groups, and motorists demanded a clampdown on a transient youth movement they believed was spreading anti-establishment nomadism. Linda Mahood asks new questions about hitchhiking as a rite of passage, and about adult intervention that turned a subculture into a pressing moral and social issue.
Linda Mahood is professor of history at the University of Guelph.