Hi! Krista here...my thoughts plus 50 cents might buy a cup of coffee, but here's my opinion. I think one origin of the Beat movement stems from the dissatisfaction of the "Ozzie and Harriet" stereotypical image of American life in the 1950s. People like Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs wanted us to know that not everyone lived in perfect houses with perfect families with 2.5 kids and the family dog. Conformity was THE IN thing, and the early Beats were rebelling against it. In an increasingly militaristic culture, poetry, art, and music DID have a place. The early Beats were in search of new experience and alternative ways of living and thinking. The Beats were the "models" for the hippies of the 1960s. Hope this helps!