Private Matters or Public Crimes: The Emergence of Domestic Hooliganism in the Soviet Union, 1939–1966
An illustration in a 1964 issue of Krokodil depicts a young man roaming the city streets and harassing innocent pedestrians.1 This was the stereotype of hooliganism that many Soviet citizens encountered in films and read about in novels and newspapers. This stereotypical portrait reflected common ideas about who hooligans were and what they did. It also reflected contemporary concerns over urban crime, youth culture, alcoholism, and public safety. It reflected many things. But, like most stereotypes, it did not reflect reality. By the mid–1960s, the typical Soviet hooligan was not an adolescent loitering on a city street and assaulting pedestrians. He was a married man who stayed at home with his family and who victimized his wife and children.
KeywordsPublic Place Public Concern Criminal Code Spousal Abuse Private Matter
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