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Paul E. Willis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163697

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163697.001.0001

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Profanity and Creativity

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how the two youth cultures under discussion — the motor-bike boys, sometimes known as ‘rockers’, and the hippies, sometimes known as ‘heads’ or ‘freaks’ — form a ‘dialectic relationship’ with cultural life. It argues that it is only in the factories, on the streets, in the bars, in the dance halls, in the tower flats, in the two-up-and-two-downs that contradictions and problems are lived through to particular outcomes. Furthermore, it is in these places where direct experience, ways of living, creative acts and penetrations — cultures — redefine problems, break the stasis of meaning, and reset the possibilities somewhat for all of us. And this material experience is embedded in the real engagement of experience with the world: in the dialectic of cultural life.

Keywords:   youth culture, 1960s, motor-bike boys, hippies, dialectic relationship, profanity, underprivileged groups

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