Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context

  • Matthias Schwartz
  • Heike Winkel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Matthias Schwartz, Heike Winkel
      Pages 1-18
  3. Reconsidering Generational Change

  4. Popular Belongings: Subcultural Places and Globalised Spaces

  5. Reshaping Political Activism: Between Rebellion and Adjustment

  6. Contested Agency: Civic Engagement and Everyday Practices

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 361-374

About this book


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.


Eastern Europe Post-Socialism Youth Cultures Youth Globalization Generation Subcultures Political Activism Civic Engagement Popular Cultures adolescence childhood Comic Europe Figuration gender globalization Internet memory Nation nationalism politics socialism youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Schwartz
    • 1
  • Heike Winkel
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Literary and Cultural ResearchGermany
  2. 2.Freie Universität BerlinGermany

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