The end of consensus
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The relative affluence of the 1950s and its apparent continuation in the years 1963 to 1968 among many sectors of the population spawned the creation of a dynamic and, to many, disturbing youth culture. Centered first around the mod fashions and the pop and rock offerings of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and later gravitating toward punk groups like the Sex Pistols, youth culture marked a definitive shift of both cultural authority and resistance to mainstream society away from élite writers to a mass movement of workingand middle-class young men and women. Aware of the great pockets of poverty existing within their society of affluence, and subject themselves to the dead-end jobs that offered no means of escape from a lifetime of drudgery, working-and lower-middle-class youth, followed by huge numbers of their middle-class age cohort, gave vent to their frustrations and dissatisfactions with their parents’ way of life by mocking their values and traditions and celebrating their own nonconformity with them. Mod fashions, rock music, experimentation with drugs, and the flouting of sexual conventions epitomized the generational revolt against postwar society, producing anxiety and unease among significant segments of the population.