This iconic novel written by Jack Kerouac contains numerous references to drugs (particularly to cannabis) and echoes a different youth culture than previous generations. The novel depicts a culture in which drugs are an accepted part of society during a period (the 1960's) highlighted by ideals of social justice, civil rights demonstrations and a counterculture of youth alienated by a society they deemed oppressive. Drugs were part of the countercultural expressions of that generation.
Source: Misiroglu, G. (2015). American Countercultures. Routledge.
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