2 Responses

  1. Annie Pettit
    Annie Pettit at |

    What a great idea! Keep sharing these treasures from the time machine. :)

  2. Hippies as Perceived by the American Clergy | Citizen Journalists Exchange

    […] Perhaps our most interesting finding was the cleavage between clergymen’s image of the hippie and their espousal of hippie values.  Of the four comparison groups, hippies are seen as most resembling juvenile delinquents in that they had mother-dominated childhoods, reject parental values, are not interested in politics, dress unconventionally, are sexually promiscuous, and are drug users — and in all these respects they are most unlike divinity students.  The only trait they share with divinity students, in the eyes of these clergymen, is a middle class background and, to some extent, a college education.  Hippies are kin to young communists in preferring group to individual relationships.  In short, they are viewed largely as middle class delinquents. Nevertheless, 90% of the Protestant ministers (and 87 % of the total sample) endorse such an item from the hippie ethos scale as “Young people should be encouraged to question contemporary social institutions”.  In fact, 60 % of the Protestants and half of the total sample agreed with ten of the fifteen statements in this scale.  These data suggest that negative ministerial perceptions of hippies refer more to what they practice than what they preach. It has already been indicated that Protestants as a group are more favourable to hippie values than either Catholics or Jews, but it may be worthwhile to mention other characteristics which are associated with support of the hippie outlook.  First, as might be expected, ministers who rate themselves as non-traditional are more likely to score high on the hippie ethos scale.  This least traditional group, though, is more polarised than self-styled traditional ministers, with a higher percentage also low on the hippie ethos scale.  One may speculate, however, that they reject the hippie philosophy as being too disengaged, and some support for this hypothesis is found in the fact that non-traditional ministers were also higher on the secular scale than their more traditional confreres. More… […]

Leave a Reply