1968: the first subcultural revolution

Author(s):  R.G. Abbasov, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia, rasimchik93@mail.ru

V.P. Rimskiy, State Institute of arts and culture, Belgorod, Russia, rimskiy@bsu.edu.ru

Issue:  Volume 43, № 3

Rubric:  Human Being. Culture. Society

Annotation:  The youth movement of the 60s–70s in Western Europe and the USA, the "cultural revolution" in China directly addressed the ideas, images and symbols of revolutionary Soviet mythology. Mass culture, Soviet practices of direct participation in politics and youth subcultures, probably, are not accidentally linked in one spatio-temporal and active field. The article deals with the phenomenon of the «revolution of 1968», which was in fact a complex and long process (for almost ten years – from the mid-sixties to mid-seventies of the twentieth century), has developed from a variety of events in a large area of America and Europe, including the peripheral «socialist countries». 1968 and the events of the «student spring» in Paris became a symbol of this revolution, which the authors consider to be subcultural. This revolution, like the subsequent ones, which in many respects continued it, has an ambivalent character, generates dichotomies that require a practical withdrawal and theoretical explanation

Keywords:  «student revolution of 1968», the subject of revolutions, counterculture, subcultures, subcultural revolutions

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