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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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(p.138) 4 Ritualization
Flowers Through Concrete

Juliane Fürst

Oxford University Press

The last chapter in the chronological part of the book is devoted to the developments taking place in the hippie movement from the mid-1970s onwards. The sistema intensified through the introduction of a number of rituals and commemorative practices which celebrated its history and identity and fostered community. They adopted the American idea of creating so-called Peoples Books, hippie photo albums, and introduced a kind of hippie calendar celebrating the beginning and end of the travel season. Most importantly, they codified their love for travel into certain hippie routes and established a long-lasting summer camp. Despite severe repressions in the 1980s, the hippie sistema was thus well equipped to survive until the very end of the Soviet Union itself.

Keywords:   hippies, rituals, sistema, samizdat, Peoples Books, visual culture

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