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SANTA CRUZ HENRIQUEZ, Yanny. Between fun and revolution: cultural experiences of left-wing young people during Unidad Popular (Popular Unity). Ultima décad. [online]. 2020, vol.28, n.53, pp.125-151. ISSN 0718-2236.

The present article is aimed at understanding the diverse cultural experiences from left-wing male and female young people during Unidad Popular period, on the basis of three analysis axes: mass media, the production and consumption of music, and a more private sphere linked to their understanding of sexuality and marijuana consumption. Through the analyzed sources, including magazines, press, audiovisual documents and interviews from the time, we problematize towards the construction of youth schemes or prototypes made up a dual vision of culture: on the one hand, a young individual who is not interested in the country and attracted to the hippie movement; on the other hand, a young individual who is highly committed to the social and political problems of Chile. However, we state that the left-wing young culture worked in this research accounts for cultural experiences, defined as the diverse proposals and alternatives which young individuals gravitated towards, that are characterized by the attractiveness of the Hippie movement, the Nueva Canción Chilena movement, the new and ground-breaking ways of living sexuality and marijuana consumption. All these elements configured a part of the revolutionary youth identity, as they designated themselves.

Keywords : youth culture; left-wing; Nueva Canción Chilena; youth-oriented magazines.

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