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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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The Hippies

The Hippies

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Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis

Princeton University Press

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.

Keywords:   hippies, hippy culture, hippy life-style, hippy identity, expanded awareness, hippy scene, spirituality

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