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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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Cultural Politics

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Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis

Princeton University Press

This chapter offers some final insights on the dialectic relationships performed by both the motor-bike and hippy cultures, and identifies what constitutes as their cultural politics. Both cultures took the unexplored side, the double edge, of commodities and cultural items around them to express and develop their own meanings. In the course of this cultural development they were also, however, exploring some of the massive contradictions and tensions in modern society. These cultures do not follow the guidelines of official culture, nor do they obey rules provided from outside or above. They are not even often recognized as unified cultures by agencies who pick up various fragmented aspects as ‘social problems’. They have rejected or never received what is known, valued, and revered. They live amid provided, cheap commodities. For all this, they have the essential, rare, irreverent gift of profanity: creativity.

Keywords:   cultural politics, hippy culture, bike culture, commodities, cultural development, cultural items, modern society, profanity

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