Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance During the Thaw
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Description: Swearing, drunkenness, promiscuity, playing loud music, brawling—in the Soviet Union these were not merely bad behavior, 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 from three days to five years and for everything from swearing at a wife to stabbing a complete stranger. Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russiaoffers the first comprehensive study of how Soviet police, prosecutors, judges, and ordinary citizens during the Khrushchev era (1953–1964) 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 liberalizing 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 trans-Atlantic anxiety over “rebels without a cause,” hooliganism emerged as a vital tool that post-Stalinist elites used to civilize their uncultured working class, confirm their embattled cultural ideals, and create the right-thinking and right-acting socialist society of their dreams.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Tables|
|A Portrait of Hooliganism and the Hooligan during the Khrushchev Period|
|Private Matters or Public Crimes? The Emergence of Domestic Hooliganism in Soviet Russia|
|Making Hooliganism on a Mass Scale: The Campaign against Petty Hooliganism|
|Empowering Public Activism: The Khrushchev-Era Campaign to Mobilize Obshchestvennost' in the Fight against Hooliganism|
|The Rise and Fall of the Soft Line on Petty Crime|
|Conclusion: Plus ï¿½a change, plus c'est la mï¿½me chose: Hooliganism after Khrushchev|