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By Hilary Pilkington, Al'bina Garifzianova, Elena Omel'chenko

Russia’s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives offers an intensive exam of the phenomenon of skinheads, explaining its nature and its value, and assessing how a ways Russian skinhead tradition is the ‘lumpen’ finish of the intense nationalist ideological spectrum. There are huge numbers of skinheads in Russia, answerable for an important variety of xenophobic assaults, together with ninety seven deaths in 2008 by myself, making this e-book correct to Russian experts in addition to to sociologists of adlescent way of life. It presents a pragmatic instance of the way to enquire adolescence lifestyle intensive over a longer interval – thus via empirical study following a particular staff over six years – and is going directly to argue that Russian skinhead culture isn't really a right away import from the West, and that early life cultural practices shouldn't be decreased to expressions of patron selection. It offers an figuring out of the Russian skinhead as a made of individuals’ complete, and evolving, lives, and thereby compels sociologists to reconsider how they conceive the character of subcultures.

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Parked outside are reindeer. White . . hungry bears roam around, so it’s best not to leave the house. The temperature is constantly minus 50 or 60 and the summer is very short. 9 Reindeer herders Source: Photo by Hilary Pilkington, 2006 Placing youth cultural identities 35 gone . . Vorkuta is a prison and that’s it. I think that impression of Vorkuta is embedded in the minds of the whole of Russia – an abandoned settlement in the tundra, and that’s it. (Artem, 2006)8 Later in the research other respondents complained that ‘Vorkuta’ was often used as a ‘term of abuse’ (Andrei, 2007) by those from outside the city – as if living there continued to signify some kind of punishment.

From the surplus of oxygen in the mountains, you can faint, I’m telling you. Here you can’t get such a high from drugs as you can get from nature [there], really. . here it’s all about how to survive as best you can, how to manage to get away at least for a month or six weeks. (Roman, 2006) For others it is the psychological consequences of the city’s isolation that are debilitating. 11) that meet you as the train approaches Vorkuta. 11 Snow fences from train Source: Photo by Hilary Pilkington, 2006 These fences are what stand between the city and the outside world of movement, progress and prospects; they symbolise the psychological block the respondent senses among the inhabitants of the city that stops them communicating openly and freely.

This constraint was often rooted in a physical engagement with the natural environment10 expressed through allusion to emotional and cultural frustration. At the most tangible level, the territorial isolation of the city severely constrained cultural opportunities for respondents. Slava joked that, when his mother had disappeared unexpectedly for five days earlier that year, it turned out that she had gone out to buy a winter coat, which meant a two-day trip each way to the city of Kirov. But there was a serious element to his joke too; reflecting on where he would like to be based in the future, he commented: Probably [I’d like to be] in some town that is at least only five or six hours by train from Moscow .

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