Doctoral Dissertation Abstract

Post-Cool Kids: How the Children Born Into the Counterculture of the American 1960s and 70s Became A Scattered, Disorganized, Postmodern Tribe

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An ethnographic and depth psychological study of Post-Cool Kids, people born into the 1960s American counterculture between 1964 and 1978. My objective was to identify the transmission of culture from counterculture parents to their Post-Cool Kids. I also developed several unique methodological approaches. Merging postmodern theory, archetypal psychology and methods from religious studies and anthropology, I evaluate the nature of belief within a secular cultural context. Finally, I place American historical concepts of utopia side by side with the experience and multischematic perspective of Post-Cool Kids to suggest that they represent an emergent pattern in culture, and show how they can inform new theories of utopia.

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