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Russia's Youth and its Culture: A Nation's Constructors and Constructed (Paperback)
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Russia's Youth and its Culture: A Nation's Constructors and Constructed (Paperback)

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Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 17/03/1994
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Since the political whirlwinds of the mid-1980s and the fall of communism in 1991, Russia has undergone dramatic social change, much of which has escaped the attention of Western media. In her new book, Hilary Pilkington applies the methods of cultural studies research to the study of Russian youth. She does this by 'deconstructing' the social discourses within which Russian youth has been constructed and by providing an alternative reading of youth cultural activity, based on an ethnographic study of Moscow youth culture at the end of the 1980s. The book also charts the passage of western youth cultural studies in the twentieth century and suggests some new ways forward in the light of the Russian experience. Hilary Pilkington traces the cultural themes of youth culture in the Anglo-American tradition and within the Soviet Union, before examining the impact of perestroika on the media and its ramifications for the discussion of youth. The book ends with a study of young people in Moscow and youth cultural groups; the product of field work and interviews in the city.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415090445
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 29 mm


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"Hilary Pilkington's "Russia's Youth and its Culture is an impressive work of scholarship, conceptualization, and first hand observation. It draws upon an extraordinarily wide range of materials and fits them into a series of coherent and fascinating arguments. Steeped in the Western sociological literature on youth, Ms. Pilkington deploys questions about class, gender, geography, subcultural affects, and the changing dynamic over time to illuminate in a vivid way the debates and realities surrounding the endemic youth problem' in Soviet and post-Soviet history and society. It is an enriching contribution to social and cultural history of the last twenty years and absolutely essential to our understanding of what is happening in the cities of Russia-in-flux."
-Richard Stites, Georgetown University

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