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Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context

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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 ofyouth cultures, but also for a revision of our understanding of 'youth' itself – in Eastern Europe and beyond.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Contested Agency: Civic Engagement and Everyday Practices


“This book is highly recommended for reading. It provides scholars with unique material. It gives food for thought. The target audiences consists not only of scholars in the field, but all interested in youth culture and those who interact with the youth on a frequent basis, such as teachers in both secondary and higher education.” (Alla A. Sal’nikova, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas. jgo.e-reviews, Vol. 4, 2017)

“Claiming to expand recent ‘research efforts to redefine Eastern Europe and to rethink youth’ … this hefty tome is comprised of eighteen chapters divided into four parts, following the editors’ contextualizing Introduction. … Each of the chapters and the book as a whole certainly contributes original material and important insights to the expanding field of youth studies.” (Fran Markowitz, Slavic Review, 2017)

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

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Germany

    Matthias Schwartz

  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    Heike Winkel

About the editors

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.

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