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The Revolution as a Trip: Symbol and Paradox

Barbara G. Myerhoff
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 395, Students Protest (May, 1971), pp. 105-116
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1038579
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Selective interpretation of reality and unification of opposing and paradoxical elements are among the functions of symbol and ritual. In this paper, paradoxes are seen as resulting from the beliefs and actions of a small group of student political leaders involved in a university strike during May, 1970. The concept of "revolution as a trip" is examined as a paradox emanating from the conflict between their cultural and political goals. Another paradox developed because of the collapse of their political efforts, which was masked and encompassed by shaping the strike into a dramatization of youth as a subculture or counterculture. Their rituals and symbols are seen as providing a sense of coherence and integrity within their ideology and allowing them to experience congruence between their beliefs and actions.

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