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Flowers Through ConcreteExplorations in Soviet Hippieland$
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Juliane Fürst

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788324

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788324.001.0001

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Flowers Through Concrete

Juliane Fürst

Oxford University Press

This chapter is both a discussion of the specific experience of Soviet hippie women and a reflection of my role as a female and Western interviewer vis-à-vis questions relating to Soviet feminism and emancipation. It begins with a female-centred history of Soviet hippie history and proceeds to discuss female narratives as revealing a different picture of hippiedom than male narratives. The chapter continues with a discussion of the physical and ideological difficulty of ageing for Soviet hippie women, who, more than their male counterparts, were forced to decide for or against a countercultural lifestyle, when children appeared. Their earlier withdrawal and higher connectedness to the mainstream diminished their place in hippie collective memory. It concludes with an evaluation of the absence of second wave feminism in the Soviet hippie scene and the difficulty of translating Western expectations of women’s emancipation into a Soviet context.

Keywords:   hippies, women, feminism, sex, memory culture, narratives, oral history

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