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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 Experience of Drugs

The Experience of Drugs

(p.177) 6 The Experience of Drugs
Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the role of drugs in hippy culture. Drugs were used massively by the hippies, and there was a wide and well-used range of terms for types and sub-types of various drugs. There was also avid discussion about the effects of various drugs, and great interest taken in their supposed different properties. It was common for drug experiences to be recounted, marked over, and analysed at great length. Weird or unusual experiences were given particular attention. Here, the chapter contends that the essence of the dialectical role of drugs in hippy culture is that they supplied the raw material of open and exceptional experience which could be interpreted in appropriate social and cultural ways to reflect and develop other aspects of consciousness and activity so as to further modify the drug experience, and so on.

Keywords:   drugs, hippies, hippy culture, drug experiences, drug effects, consciousness

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