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Young Radicals

Notes on Committed Youth

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Published by Harcourt, Brace & World in New York .
Written in English.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Vietnam Summer and the New Left 3
What was Vietnam Summer? 4
The course of this study 8
Vietnam Summer leaders and the New Left 13
1. The radical commitment 20
As seen in interviews 21
On being a radical 25
The openness of the future 36
2. Personal roots: struggle and specialness 44
Two inadequate hypotheses 45
In the beginning 48
Maternal love and pressure 51
The split in the image of the father 55
The principled parents 60
The experience of struggle 67
The early sense of specialness 70
Childhood and politics 74
3. Personal roots: turmoil, success, and the end of the line 77
Turmoil-filled adolescence 78
The resumption of success 86
Portents of radicalism 92
Nearing the end of the line 98
Adolescence and politics 101
4. Becoming a radical 106
Continuity and change 111
The “naturalness” of commitment 120
The confrontation with inequity 125
The shock of confrontation 126
The failure of the system 127
The radical reinterpretation 129
Outrage, deprivation, and guilt 131
Activation and engagement 133
The extension of responsibility 134
The finding of models 135
The issue of effectiveness 140
Engagement with the Movement 143
5. The tensions of Movement work 147
Encapsulation and solidarity 150
Participation and power 160
Process and program 173
Cultural and political revolution 182
Group tension and personal change 190
6. The continuation of change 193
Weariness, rage, and resisistance 194
Persistence and reward 204
The continuation of change 216
Accident, obedience, and history 225
7. Change, affluence, and violence 229
Change and the credibility gap 231
The advent of automatic affluence 239
Violence: sadism and cataclysm 247
8. Youth and history 257
“Young radical”: a temporary identity 259
Youth as a stage of life 264
The post‐modern style 272
Fluidity, flux, change, movement 275
Generational identification, inclusion 277
Personalism, participation 279
Ambivalence toward technology 282
Non‐violence 285
The search for new forms 285
Appendix A. A note on research involvement 291
Appendix B. The sources of student dissent 297
Two varieties of dissent 298
The sources of activism 305
The protest‐prone personality 306
The protest‐promoting institution 310
The protest‐prompting cultural climate 314
The protest‐producing historical situation 318
The future of student activism 320
Appendix C. Alienation in American youth 326
The alienation syndrome 327
The ideology of alienation 329
Alienation as a style of life 330
Alienation and the personal past 332
Alienation in fantasy 335
Hypotheses about the psychological sources of alienation 337
Limitations and implications 338
Reference Notes 343
Bibliography 361

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x, 368 p. ; 21 cm.
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