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The Counterculture of the 1960s in the United States: An "Alternative Consciousness"?

Abstract : This memoir analyzes the Counterculture's main theme: the "opening of consciousness". It states that historians miss the point when they analyze the counterculture as an "alternative consciousness". In three parts, the memoire analyzes post-war American politics and culture, the countercultural essence and previous traditions which influenced hippies, and concludes that the counterculture did not praised an "alternative consciousness" but consciousness itself, in opposition to the unconsciousness of the rest of the American society. This means that the counterculturists situated themselves in unity with the rest of humanity, as best expressed by Eastern philosophies which influenced them. Eventually, this memoir exposes the fact that historians who analyzed the countercultural inheritance missed the core countercultural message, which is spiritual enlightenment. This core message's lasting in the mainstream society is not even discussed, because it is not understood.
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Mélisa Kidari. The Counterculture of the 1960s in the United States: An "Alternative Consciousness"?. Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00930240⟩



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