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Martin Johnes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086663

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086663.001.0001

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‘Promiscuous Living.’ Youth Culture and the Permissive Society, 1951–70

‘Promiscuous Living.’ Youth Culture and the Permissive Society, 1951–70

(p.96) 4 ‘Promiscuous Living.’ Youth Culture and the Permissive Society, 1951–70
Wales since 1939

Martin Johnes

Manchester University Press

Chapter four examines the emergence and increased importance and impact of youth culture in the 1950s and 60s, a culture that was both delighted and horrified people. For most young people sex and rock ‘n’ roll were at the heart of that culture but youth crime dominated many older people's reading of what was happening creating some moral panic and further divides between the generations. Yet for all the attention placed on the idea of a promiscuous revolution, changes in behaviour were far from uniform and often over exaggerated. In the end, the swinging sixties were as much about what people talked about as what they did with many suggesting that certain behaviours had always existed, the sixties simply created a discourse for discussing such topics.

Keywords:   Swinging sixties, Sexual habits, Rock ‘n’ roll, Youth culture, Crime, Moral panic

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