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Redefining Sovietness: Fashion, Style, and Nonconformity

Juliane Fürst

in Stalin's Last Generation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575060
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575060.003.0007
Redefining Sovietness: Fashion, Style, and Nonconformity

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This chapter investigates the myth and realities of youth crime, and analyses its potential for creating alternative youth identities. It looks at the subculture of the stiliagi — young people dedicated to stylish clothes, music, and dancing. It shows that stiliagi and other fashion-conscious subcultures were not a chance phenomenon. On the contrary, they emerged very much as products of their time and surroundings. This observation gains validity when the focus is extended to developments in youth culture in Europe at large.

Keywords: Soviet Union; youth culture; youth subcultures; stiliagi; fashion

Chapter.  18278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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