History of the Hippie Movement

The Hippie movement is also spelled as a hippy movement.

  • This event is actually a part of a countercultural movement that refused to accept the normal customs of the American lifestyle.
  • Eventually, this movement became so widespread that it even reached Canada and Britain, the movement that once started in the college campus in the United States of America.
  • The term hippy or hippie is actually derived from the term “hip” that finds its application in Beats of 1950s such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the individuals associated as the parents of hippies.
  • The hippies were known for never indulging in anything related to politics; this actually was their movement as opposed to the interference of the U.S in the Vietnam War.
  • As they often felt alone from the middle-class society, they introduced their own way of living their life.
  • Their lifestyle was accompanied by both the genders wearing sandals and beads, males growing a beard, support towards growing long hair etc.
  • In their lifestyle, they incorporated healthy vegetarian diets and took out their valuable time in order to practice holistic medicine.
  • The hippies constituted of the ones who were dropouts from their society, the ones who left their jobs and careers etc but a few among them developed a small business that would only benefit the interests of other hippies.
  • They were the ones who instilled in others the strong importance of supporting nonviolence, love and made a general statement widespread that “Make love, not war” which also led them to be referred as “flower children”.
  • The middle-class society that once isolated them, for making it better, they also laid some notions in order to let go of certain restrictions that they came across in that society.
Share on:

The Sociology Group is an organization dedicated to creating social awareness through thoughtful initiatives like "social stories" and the "Meet the Professor" insightful interview series. Recognized for our book reviews, author interviews, and social sciences articles, we also host annual social sciences writing competition. Interested in joining us? Email [email protected]. We are a dedicated team of social scientists on a mission to simplify complex theories, conduct enlightening interviews, and offer academic assistance, making Social Science accessible and practical for all curious minds.