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Sensibility in the 60's

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EACH decade-we think now of decades or generations as the units of social time-has its hallmarks. That of the 1960′s was a political and cultural radicalism. The politics is, for the moment, spent, but cultural radicalism follows a more complicated course. I propose to examine here the cultural radicalism of the 60′s through the prism of its sensibility, in order to cast light on changes in the society itself.

In defining the sensibility of the 60′s, one can see it in two ways: as a reaction to the sensibility of the 50′s; and as a reversion to, and yet also an extension of, an earlier sensibility which reached its apogee in the modernism of the years before World War I.

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