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Hippy trails

Migration A–Z


  1. Irena Ateljevic

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm269

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Ateljevic, I. 2013. Hippy trails. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


The ideology of hippy subculture – a youth movement that arose in the United States during the mid-1960s, which subsequently spread to Europe – was partly locally produced and partly imported from the East. One invited another. The political conditions of the cold war, McCarthyism, the growing threat and increasingly destructive nature of the atom bomb, and the Vietnam War created fertile ground for the offspring of the depression generation to reject their parents' values of prudence, order, hygiene, and Judeo-Christian morality. Their ideals were: personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness (often achieved with the aid of psychedelic drugs), and radical liberal political consciousness (Ray and Anderson 2000). The West was perceived as polluted, and pureness was thought by many to be found in the opposite geographic direction, in the East.


  • cross-cultural;
  • identity politics;
  • transnationalism;
  • sectarianism;
  • faith;
  • family;
  • cultural diversity