Hooligans in Khrushchev's Russia
Defining, Policing, and Producing Deviance during the Thaw
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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This book would not have been possible without the help and support of many individuals and agencies. My research was generously supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (with funds provided by the United States Department of Education), a grant from the International...
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In 1957, Soviet police arrested an intoxicated man for attacking and stabbing a bystander twice with a knife. In 1959, another man was arrested for having sex with his wife in a “perverted manner.” Five years later, authorities detained yet another Soviet man for cutting off a cat’s tail. Despite the diversity...
1. A Portrait of Hooliganism and the Hooligan during the Khrushchev Period
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Hooliganism had risen to high levels several times in the Stalin era. However in the mid-1950s, conviction rates for this crime rose to unprecedented post-WWII heights, making it a critical problem for the young socialist state as it sought to win the Cold War and construct communism. In tandem with...
2. Private Matters or Public Crimes? The Emergence of Domestic Hooliganism in Soviet Russia
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An illustration in a 1956 issue of the Soviet satirical magazine Krokodil depicted young men loitering on the city streets and harassing female pedestrians. This was the stereotype of hooliganism that many Soviet citizens encountered in films and read about in novels and newspapers. This stereotypical portrait reflected...
3. Making Hooliganism on a Mass Scale: The Campaign against Petty Hooliganism
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Khrushchev’s Thaw is often presented as a period of increased experimentation and official toleration. In many ways, this interpretation is undeniably true, especially in the cultural sphere. Khrushchev may have aimed his attack on the Stalinist cult of personality to discredit...
4. Empowering Public Activism:The Khrushchev-Era Campaign to Mobilize Obshchestvennost’ in the Fight against Hooliganism
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In 1959, Khrushchev unveiled an ambitious new program for policing and punishing hooliganism in Soviet society. With the expansion of the comrades’ courts and the people’s auxiliary police (druzhina), the state sought to enlarge its community of activists and enlist them in the anti-crime cause...
5. The Rise and Fall of the Soft Line on Petty Crime
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During the late 1950s, reform replaced punishment as the state’s primary response to petty crimes such as simple hooliganism. This new soft-line approach to crime recentered the Soviet system of criminal justice around the principles of humaneness (gumannost’), reform, and...
Conclusion: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: Hooliganism after Khrushchev
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In the summer of 1966, the Brezhnev regime unveiled a series of tough anti-crime measures. On July 23, 1966, the Communist Party Central Committee and the USSR Council of Ministers released the decree “On Measures for Strengthening the Fight against Crime.” Three days later...
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Publication Year: 2012