Hippies : a study in the sociology of knowledge
Horne, Howard, 1951- (1982) Hippies : a study in the sociology of knowledge. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is an attempt to explain the historical
origins and the cultural location of the hippie counterculture
in Britain in the late 1960s.
Part One contains two intentions. It depicts and
assesses existing theoretical attempts to account for the
counter-culture; but it also works through dominant contemporary
modes of cultural theory and the sociology of
youth culture, in particular the work of the Centre for
Contemporary Cultural Studies. The overall aim of this
section is to present a revision; a fresh cultural studies
'theoretical overview' to historically relocate the emergence
of forms of bohemian counter-culture.
Part Two considers and charts such forms of bohemian
ideology. The initial premise is that the hippie countercultural
form was a modernised instance of bohemianism: an
attempt to formulate the ground rules of anesthetic revolution
and present a cultural critique according to the
'problems' and 'solutions' of artistic practice. It reveals
the historical development of the institutions of artistic
practice which have kept the Romantic, bohemian ideology of
cultural criticism alive and pertinent. More specifically
I concentrate on the development of art education.
I conclude that existing accounts of the hippie counterculture
which attempt to locate its emergence in either the
language of youth-cultural expression or the 'spirit of the
age' are superficial and misleading. The counter-culture,
like other forms of cultural ideology, must be related to
its institutional setting: hence I stress the significance
of art education, as a 'carrier' of conflicting cultural
and artistic ideologies, through to the 1960s.
The thesis is primarily focussed on hippie ideology;
therefore my methodology essentially presents problems of
historical research - into the dominant influences on the
formation of a modernised aesthetic counter-cultural form,
and the attempts offered by the hippies themselves, specifically
in the written media and music, to redefine the rules
of cultural discourse.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Hippies -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century, Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 1945-, Art -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century|
|Official Date:||September 1982|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Sociology|
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