Hippies generally understood themselves as a non-materialistic and anti-materialist movement. This chapter uses a material prism to explore Soviet hippie culture: their things. Ironically material items were of the utmost importance to a community whose ideas included a strong commitment to non-materiality. Yet, as the chapter demonstrates, hippie things were important connectors to both the global counterculture (via symbolic alignment of exterior markers) and the world of late socialism, whose weaknesses hippies used to their advantage. At the same time hippies started to spin around things an elaborate ideology, which as a fashion survived their own existence.
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