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Beatniks and Guerrilla Warfare

  • Gregory Blair
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Abstract

This chapter begins by elucidating the role of mobility in Che Guevara’s guerilla warfare as a means of resisting oppressive regimes. These mobile strategies are juxtaposed with the wanderings of Jack Kerouac, and some of the other Beats as a method of cultural warfare, one that also aimed to resist what they felt was the oppressive regime of post-war homogenization and uniformity in American culture. Just as Guevara’s tactics proved effective by remaining on the move and ready to strike from remote locations in the jungle, Kerouac and his pals also remained mobile within the cultural jungle, launching attacks at the establishment while promoting alternative concepts of mobility and ways of being.

Keywords

Guerilla Beatnik Cold War Mobile Resistance Masculinity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Blair
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  1. 1.Northern State UniversityAberdeenUSA

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