Counterculture in the Sixties the Term Paper

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The values of middle class society were seen to be the related to and unavoidably supportive of the status quo. This led to the trends and fashions that characterized this movement; such as long hair and the use of rock music as a form of rebellion and assertion of 'liberal ideals'. Similarly, the use of drugs was also seen as part of this expression and a way of rebelling against the established norms of the time. While many of the hippie activities are seen in retrospect as being somewhat naive and even harmful, these actions and trends were important as indications and symbols of a serious issue; namely the rejection of norms and value that were seen to be conducive of hate an evil in all its manifestations. Therefore the spirit of the hippie counterculture was an element that was shared among all the groups and movements in differing degrees.

The following quotation is cited at length as it provides an insight into the general nature and spirit of the sixties counterculture.

… the emerging counter culture represented a major backlash against the placid rigidity and regularity of the conformist 50's mentality, unquestioning in its own smug righteousness, values, and pursuit of privilege. The conformity of the age called for accepted codes of behavior, dress, and belief. Ideal TV families, Walt Disney inspired Bambi icons, and sweetness and light behavior demanded by parents, school authorities, and society at large became oppressive among youngsters coming of age without realizing the sense of freedom they regarded as a prerequisite to a full life. They began to experiment with mind-altering substances…all thrown in with a measure of proclaimed love for all people and hatred of hypocrisy. (Beats and Counter Culture)

It is this search for freedom and individual expression, with the concomitant rejection of blind conformity to convention, which characterizes the fundamental common basis of all the various countercultural movement in the sixties.

Works Cited

Beats and Counter Culture. August 2, 2007.

< http://scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties/beats.php>

Civil Rights Movement. August 2, 2007.



Counterculture of the Sixties. August 2, 2007.

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Works Cited

Beats and Counter Culture. August 2, 2007.

< http://scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties/beats.php>

Civil Rights Movement. August 2, 2007.

<http://scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties/civilRights.php>

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