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Palgrave Macmillan

Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context

ISBN 9781137385123
Publication Date December 2015
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The demise of state Socialisms caused radical social, cultural and economic changes in Eastern Europe. Since then, young people have been confronted with fundamental disruptions and transformations to their daily environment, while an unsettling, globalized world substantially reshapes local belongings and conventional values. In times of multiple instabilities and uncertainties, this volume argues, young people prefer to try to adjust to given circumstances than to adopt the behaviour of potential rebellious, adolescent role models, dissident counter-cultures or artistic breakings of taboo.

Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context takes this situation as a starting point for an examination of generational change, cultural belongings, political activism and everyday practices of young people in different Eastern European countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. It argues that the conditions of global change not only call for a differentiated evaluation of youth cultures, but also for a revision of our understanding of 'youth' itself – in Eastern Europe and beyond.

Matthias Schwartz is a Research Associate at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin, Germany. His research interests include the cultural history of Russian and Soviet adventure literature, science fiction and popular sciences; Eastern European youth cultures, memory cultures and cultures of affect; and contemporary literatures in a globalized world.

Heike Winkel is a Research Fellow and lecturer at the Institute for East-European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research interests include the Stalinist Soviet Union, contemporary Russian and Czech literature and culture with a focus on identity politics, mnemonic aspects of literature, and intersections of history and literature.

Introduction; Matthias Schwarz and Heike Winkel
1. The End of Childhood and/or the Discovery of the Tineidzher? Adolescence in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture; Catriona Kelly
2. Youth Cultures and the Formation of a New Political Generation in Eastern Europe; Ken Roberts
3. Fast Forward to Capitalism? Accelerated Youth in Post-Socialism; Herwig Reiter and Christine Steiger
4. Revival Without Nostalgia. The Dizel' Movement, Serbian Nineties Cultural Trauma and Globalized Youth Cultures; Jovana Papović and Astrea Pejović
5. Symptom of the Loser and the Melancholy of the Post-Soviet Generation; Tamara Hundorova
6. 'Rap on Rap is Sacred': The Appropriation of Hip Hop in the Czech Republic; Anna Oravcová
7. Flaming Flares, Football Fanatics and Political Rebellion. Resistant Youth Cultures in Late Capitalism; Dominik Antonowicz, Radosław Kossakowski and Tomasz Szlendak
8. Everything Feels Bad. Figurations of the Self in Contemporary Eastern European Literature; Matthias Schwartz
9. 'Bright reference point of our youth'. Bondy, Podsiadło, and the Redefinition of the Underground; Alfrun Kliems
10. Fallen Vanguards and Vanished Rebels? Political Youth Involvement in Extraordinary Times; Félix Krawatzek
11: 'To serve like a man' – Ukraine's Euromaidan and the Questions of Gender, Nationalism and Generational Change; Sabine Roßmann
12. The Conception of Revolutionary Youth in Maksim Gor'kii's The Mother and Zakhar Prilepin's San'kia; Matthias Meindl
13. 'Polittusovka' – An Alternative Public Space of Young Politicians in Contemporary Russia; Anna Zhelnina
14. Youth Cultures in Contemporary Russia: Memory, Politics and Solidarity; Elena Omelchenko and Guzel Sabirova
15. Public Discourse and Volunteer Militias in Post-Soviet Russia; Gleb Tsipursky
16. Battlefield Internet: Young Russian SNS Users and New-Media State Propaganda;
Vera Zvereva
17. 'Flashy' Pictures: Social Activist Comics and Russian Youth; José Alaniz
18. Youth in the Post-Soviet Space. Is the Central Asian Case Really so Different?; Stefan B. Kirmse

José Alaniz, University of Washington, USA
Dominik Antonowicz, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Tamara Hundorova, Shevchenko Institute of Literature, Ukraine
Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford, UK
Stefan B. Kirmse, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Alfrun Kliems, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Radosław Kossakowski, Gdansk University, Poland
Félix Krawatzek, University of Oxford, UK
Matthias Meindl, Zurich University, Switzerland
Elena Omelchenko, Independent Scholar, UK
Anna Oravcová, Charles University, Czech Republic
Jovana Papović, Independent Scholar, Serbia
Astrea Pejović, Independent Scholar, Serbia
Herwig Reiter, German Youth Institute, Germany
Ken Roberts, University of Liverpool, UK
Sabine Roßmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Guzel Sabirova, NRU Higher School of Economics, Russia
Christine Steiner, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Tomasz Szlendak, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
Tsipursky Gleb, Ohio State University, USA
Anna Zhelnina, National Research University, Russia
Vera Zvereva, University of Edinburgh, UK


'In a context of significant and ongoing political change, this collection provides a rich and valuable window on youth cultures in Eastern Europe, with a focus on everyday routines rather than the more spectacular images of a minority that tend to dominate in the western media. Moreover, some of the research presented suggests that aspects of the Eastern experience are becoming increasingly evident in Western Europe. The collection offers a fresh perspective on the experiences of Eastern European youth and provokes thought about the future of the West. This is a book that deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in youth cultures or in the transformations taking place in Eastern Europe.'- Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow, UK
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