Punk in Russia: Cultural Mutation from the 'Useless' to the 'Moronic'

Ivan Gololobov, Hilary Pilkington, Yngvar Steinholt

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Punk culture is currently having a revival worldwide and is poised to extend and mutate even more as youth unemployment and youth alienation increase in many countries of the world. In Russia, its power to have an impact and to shock is well illustrated by the state response to activist collective and punk band Pussy Riot. This book, based on extensive original research, examines the nature of punk culture in contemporary Russia. Drawing on interviews and observation, it explores the vibrant punk music scenes and the social relations underpinning them in three contrasting Russian cities. It relates punk to wider contemporary culture and uses the Russian example to discuss more generally what constitutes 'punk' today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, U. K.
Number of pages223
ISBN (Print)9780415730136, 9781315850573
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series


  • Youth
  • Punk
  • Russia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Anthropology


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