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A Maturing Counter Culture

Author Theodore Roszak reflects on the later years of the audacious generation he branded

Theodore Roszak, whose 1968 book, The Making of a Counter Culture, served up an optimistic analysis of the era's chaotic youth movement, died July 5, 2011, in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77.

See also: Boomers at 65 — a special report.

Roszak's seminal work found promise in the campus rebellions, civil rights movement and rampant excesses of the 1960s that challenged what he considered to be America's sterile and stifling modern society.

Some 40 years later, the history professor turned his attention to the impact aging boomers would have on their country. His 2009 book, The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation, asked:

  • Will boomers bring the values of a “corporate economy” with them, in which the strongest survive?
  • Or will they embrace the values of traditional elder culture, where people tend to embrace companionship and support over competition?

AARP Prime Time Radio host Mike Cuthbert discussed these issues with Roszak during a 2009 interview.

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