The Aging of Aquarius: The Hippies of the 60s in Their 60s and Beyond

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Abstract

There is no group of individuals more iconic of 1960s counterculture than the hippies – the long-haired, colorfully dressed youth who rebelled against mainstream societal values, preached and practiced love and peace, and generally sought more meaningful and authentic lives. These 'flower children' are now over sixty and comprise a significant part of the older population in the United States. While some hippies rejoined mainstream American society as they grew older, others still maintain the hippie ideology and lifestyle. This book is the first to explore the aging experience of older hippies by examining aspects related to identity, generativity, daily activities, spirituality, community, end-of-life care, and wellbeing. Based on 40 in-depth interviews with lifelong, returning, and past residents of The Farm, an intentional community in Tennessee that was founded in 1971 and still exists today, insights into the subculture of aging hippies and their keys to wellbeing are shared.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages270
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781009304047
ISBN (Print)9781009304085, 9781009304078
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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