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Psychedelic ChileYouth, Counterculture, and Politics on the Road to Socialism and Dictatorship$
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Patrick Barr-Melej

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632575

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632575.001.0001

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Hippie Chilensis

Hippie Chilensis

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Psychedelic Chile

Patrick Barr-Melej

University of North Carolina Press

Initiating the book’s closer reading of counterculture, this chapter looks at hippismo’s people, spaces, and expressions, spotlighting what hippies thought about their lives and the heterodoxy to which they contributed. It shows that while hippismo was of foreign origin, its Chilean practitioners made it theirs in everyday and pronounced ways. The chapter also maps hippie hangouts in and outside Greater Santiago, including the usual haunts of both affluent and working-class criollo hippies, as well as small-scale experiments in collectivism and communitarianism. Class is of particular importance in this discussion, as hippismo had the capacity to blur its inherent distinctions. Yet class remained a potent determinant of sociability that complicated young people’s generational identity, just as generation complicated class.

Keywords:   Counterculture, Heterodoxy, Hippie Hangouts, Generational Identity, Collectivism, Communitarianism, Class

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