This book, first published in 1974, argues that the counter culture is not the outcome of alienation, but of opportunity, being the result of a new generational consciousness, an openness which has characterised industrial societies of the West since the 1950s. Its roots lie in economic expansion and population movement and growth, the same factors that are cited in the decline of religiousness.
1. Introduction 2. Aspects of the Counter Culture 3. Ecstasy and Economic Order 4. Boundaries and the Romantics 5. The Structure of Contemporary Counter-Cultural Attitudes 6. Openness and Anomie 7. At the Micro Level 8. Generational Consciousness and the Decline of Deference 9. Work and the Fun Ethic 10. A Cautious Optimism 11. Notes to Chapters