Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw (Paperback)
  • Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw (Paperback)
zoom

Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia: Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw (Paperback)

(author)
£28.50
Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 10/12/2012
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Swearing, drunkenness, promiscuity, playing loud music, brawling--in the Soviet Union these were not merely bad behaviour, they were all forms of the crime of 'hooliganism.' Defined as 'rudely violating public order and expressing clear disrespect for society,' hooliganism was one of the most common and confusing crimes in the world's first socialist state. Under its shifting, ambiguous, and elastic terms, millions of Soviet citizens were arrested and incarcerated for periods ranging from three days to five years and for everything from swearing at a wife to stabbing a complete stranger.

Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia offers the first comprehensive study of how Soviet police, prosecutors, judges, and ordinary citizens during the Khrushchev era (1953-64) understood, fought against, or embraced this catch-all category of criminality. Using a wide range of newly opened archival sources, it portrays the Khrushchev period--usually considered as a time of liberalising reform and reduced repression--as an era of renewed harassment against a wide range of state-defined undesirables and as a time when policing and persecution were expanded to encompass the mundane aspects of everyday life. In an atmosphere of Cold War competition, foreign cultural penetration, and transatlantic anxiety over 'rebels without a cause,' hooliganism emerged as a vital tool that post-Stalinist elites used to civilise their uncultured working class, confirm their embattled cultural ideals, and create the right-thinking and right-acting socialist society of their dreams.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299287443
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

You Can't Read This Book
Added to basket
The Man Without a Face
Added to basket
Manufacturing Consent
Added to basket
On Liberty
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
March Book One (Oversized Edition)
Added to basket
The Case of the Pope
Added to basket
Rights of Man
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
Gulag
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Autobiography of Malcolm X
Added to basket
Dear Leader
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Added to basket
To Hell or Barbados
Added to basket
An Evil Cradling
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.