Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
subculture, counter culture, hippies, hipsters, beat
My thesis explores the psychology of hipsters, a modern American countercultural group. I explain the phenomenon of this group by first examining how they are like and unlike previous countercultural movements, as well as which of the classic tenants of “hip” contemporary hipsters have employed as part of their existence in the modern world. Finally, I focus on hipsters’ employment of irony as a tactic to subvert the mainstream culture and why being ironic has caused such a negative backlash on the part of the mainstream culture, as well as other countercultures.
Walfrand, Aria D., "Tragically Hip: Hipsters Psychological Development Irony and the Negative Backlash" (2011). Honors Theses. 1087.