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SPECIAL REPORTS

Click on a title below to access either an individual article (denoted by an asterisk) or a set of articles published as a Special Report. The issue of publication appears in parentheses.

Special Reports for " Sociology"

The Sixties: Praiseworthy or Misbegotten?

Did the sixties restore America to a historical mainstream of civic idealism, from which the selfish fifties diverted it? Or were both decades aberrant, albeit in different ways?

Introduction
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, ...

Cultural Revolution and Character Formation: The Sixties
Popular wisdom holds that during the sixties the youth peer culture transformed American life by becoming a counterculture. The immediate upshot was to introduce a whole succession of changes in social life. These changes included an upswing in drug use; long hair for men; premarital cohabitation; increased use of obscenity and profanity; heightened violence; alienation from the basic institutions of American society including the family, education, religion, government, and corporate capitalism; opposition to the war in Vietnam; women's liberation; a greater tolerance for homosexuals; and a demand for a wider range of discretionary freedoms for individuals. ...

The Misbegotten Sixties
Professor Garrett argues that the generation of the sixties was a continuation of a liberalizing, public-spirited, and idealistic tradition that had been interrupted by the risk- aversive generation of the fifties. It is a generation able to self-consciously choose its own identities. ...

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