This chapter turns to an overview of the hippy culture. This time, the author enters the ‘hippy scene’ of a large industrial city in late 1969 and follows up by making some general observations of the scene; engaging in participant observation; soaking up the general hippy ambience; and participating in casual talk, directed talk, and various taped group discussions. The chapter is an exploration of the hippy identity. Notably, the hippies did not live in a world of personal certainty and had a far from certain grip on their own identities. Where in the ‘straight’ world this is a cause for concern, for the hippies it was a source of richness and the base for expanded awareness.
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