The Social and Cultural Changes in the Sixties

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The Social and Cultural Changes in the Sixties There was undoubtedly a significant social and cultural change in the sixties. The 60’s represents a year of social and cultural liberation from the old ways of the 40’s and the 50’s because there was more affluence, consumer goods i.e. televisions and radios, increase in education i.e. 22 more universities were established and saw the emergence of comprehensive schools, sexual liberation, immigration and women’s rights. However, it could also be seen that the sixties was a result of continuity from the late 50’s which started the revolution and continued through to the 70’s. The fact that it is important to recognise that social revolution wasn’t happening everywhere, for example, the Women’s Institute flower shop. Thus we can see that there was a Social revolution but it was limited as some people were not affected by the goings on of the revolution. Social change in the 1960’s was not universal as it did not affect everyone, it concerned mostly the educated middle class, and there were variations according to age, class and religion. The very fact that the advance of women, for example began before the First World War, was accelerated by the Second World War, and was still not complete in the 1990’s. Arguments suggest that if there was a social revolution then there is a big question as to why it didn’t last very long. It is clear to see that there was a social revolution but it has not affected everyone. The sixties saw an expansion of higher education for the youth culture ... ... middle of paper ... ...from the late 50’s and the early 70’s in terms of education, feminism, consumer goods, immigration and government legislations it is clear to me that there was a Sixties revolution to some extent. Also acknowledging the fact that revolution means having a dramatic change I believe that there were a lot of dramatic changes in the Sixties. However, I don’t believe that this revolution had started in the Sixties because it is my belief that it had started in the late 50’s but it was catalysed by the Second World War. One must also ask if there was a sixties revolution then why did it not last? And if it was a time of greater equality why did the cold war continue? There had been a lot of social and cultural changes for example people had greater freedoms in fashion and self expression which was not recognised in the 50’s.

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