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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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Ritualization

Ritualization

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(p.138) 4 Ritualization
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Flowers Through Concrete
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Juliane Fürst

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788324.003.0005

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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