PL EN


2018 | 2 | 3(5) | 42–50
Article title

The Symbolic Imaginary of Counterculture

Content
Title variants
Languages of publication
EN
Abstracts
EN
The symbolic imaginary of counterculture was fostered by dissent towards the cultural roots of the Western world, by a challenge to traditional norms, values and symbols, and by the rejection of historical identity and national sovereignty. This article aims to discuss some of the aftermaths of the counterculture of the 1960s as resulting from the transformations of its symbolic imaginary. The transformation of the symbolic imaginary of the counterculture is reflected in specific historical changes which had a profound impact on social relations, manners of perceiving or experiencing the world, and the shape of the public sphere within modern society. The dissent of the 1960s is framed in terms of its ability to take over and impose symbolic power, along with transformations of a given cultural model, a process which has roots in the concept of historicity and a new symbolic universe. Special attention is given to the institutionalization of multiculturalism, one of the most important outcomes of the transformation of the symbolic imaginary of counterculture and the normalization of countercultural radicalism. The aftermaths of the radicalism of the 1960s, when presented against the background of the transformation of the symbolic imaginary, underscore a ubiquitous and profound transformation of the entire culture and ideological dynamics in Western societies.
Publisher

Year
Volume
2
Issue
Pages
42–50
Physical description
Dates
published
2018-11-08
Contributors
  • Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
References
  • Bloom, Alan. The Closing of the American Mind. How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.
  • Bock-Cote, Mathieu. Le multiculturalisme comme religion politique. Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 2016. Fonte, John D. Post-West Syndrome. American Enterprise Institute Online. 1997.
  • Gouldner, Alvin Ward. The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology. New York: Basic Books, 1970.
  • Habermas, Jürgen. Die Einbeziehung des Anderen. Studien zur politischen Theorie. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1996.
  • Kołakowski, Leszek. Main Currents of Marxism. Translated by P. S. Falla. New York: Norton and Company, 2005.
  • Kołakowski, Leszek. “Szukanie barbarzyńcy. Złudzenia uniwersalizmu kulturalnego,” In Czy diabeł może być zbawiony i 27 innych kazań. Kraków: Znak, 2006, 11–31.
  • Marcuse, Herbert. Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud. Boston: Beacon Press, 1974.
  • Marcuse, Herbert. One-Dimentional Man. Studies in The Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society. London: Routledge, 1991.
  • Maślanka, Tomasz. Racjonalność i komunikacja. Filozoficzne podstawy teorii społecznej Jürgena Habermasa. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2011.
  • Maślanka, Tomasz. “Morbus hermeneuticus. Paradygmat komunikacji w socjologicznej i filozoficznej refleksji nad kulturą.” Uniwersyteckie Czasopismo Socjologiczne, no. 9 (2014): 7 – 16.
  • Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Reich, Charles A. The Greening of America. London: Pengiun Books, 1972.
  • Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture. Reflections on the Technocratic Society and its Youthful Opposition, Garden City: Anchor Books, 1968.
  • Shils, Edward. “Co to jest społeczeństwo obywatelskie?” In Europa i społeczeństwo obywatelskie. Rozmowy w Castel Gandolfo. Edited by Krzysztof Michalski. Kraków: Znak, 1994.
  • Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries, Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Touraine, Alain. Production de la société. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1973.
  • Vaneigem, Raoul. The Revolution of Everyday Life. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2012.
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.desklight-f9193e42-baa5-41b4-b6ab-6ac2890ef34f
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.