Picking Up The Pieces: The 1970s

Rebecca E. Klatch

in A Generation Divided

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780520217133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922341 | DOI:
Picking Up The Pieces: The 1970s

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This chapter outlines the pathways of activists during the 1970s as they emerged from the 1960s and entered adult life. Traditionalists traveled an easier road than did leftists or libertarians at this time. Leftists encountered dilemmas as they made their way into adult life and tried to balance their politics with work. Libertarians benefited from the growth of the libertarian movement; many found a place amidst the array of libertarian groups available during the 1970s. Traditionalists did not go through the process of radicalization; they did not take risks that jeopardized their careers or future success. They did not face a disjuncture between their lives as youth and as adults. Traditionalists had a smooth path to adulthood. They acquired positions of political power during the 1980s and 1990s as the conservative wing of the 1960s generation ascended to power, forming an influential new movement called the New Right.

Keywords: activists; adult life; politics; work; leftists; libertarians; traditionalists; libertarian movement; political power; New Right

Chapter.  17032 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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