Sans Frontière et la fin des années 68 en France

Translated title of the contribution: Without Borders and the end of the 68s in France

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Taking to the road, settling into a community, adopting an alternative lifestyle, campaigning for civil rights or against the Vietnam War, getting involved in feminist or environmental struggles... These are all protest practices that the retrospective gaze spontaneously associates with the "countercultures" of the 1960s and 1970s.
Is it relevant to recognize in these two decades the equivalent of a Golden Age of social criticism and utopian invention? How can we account today for the diversity and scope of the countercultural styles that emerged in this period? In what forms and trajectories are these styles inherited and reworked?
The aim here is to put into perspective, beyond the diversity of countercultural scenes, processes that are rarely questioned: the formation of a countercultural canon covering literary, artistic and musical productions (the beat generation, Susan Sontag or Herbert Marcuse, free-jazz or punk, situationism or living theatre) ; the international circulation of slogans and modes of gathering (from "back to the land" to Do it yourself, from sit-ins to different forms of self-management); the overcoming, through the practice itself, of the alternatives (exit or protest, criticism or recuperation) in which the fate of countercultures is often enclosed.
Translated title of the contributionWithout Borders and the end of the 68s in France
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLes contre-cultures:
Subtitle of host publicationgenèses, circulations, pratiques
EditorsBernard Lacroix, Anne-Marie Pailhes, Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Xavier Landrin
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherEditions Syllepse
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9782849504727
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2015

Publication series

NamePolitics with a scalpel
PublisherEditions Syllepse


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  • French History
  • French Politics


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