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A significant contribution to ethnic studies and cultural studies, Russia’s Skinheads is an examination of an extreme nationalist sub-culture in Russia. Based on six years of fieldwork and extensive empirical material, it gives a holistic account of this extremist sub-culture, offering insights into how these groups are conceived and understood by social scientists.

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Russia’s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives provides a thorough examination of the phenomenon of skinheads, explaining its nature and its significance, and assessing how far Russian skinhead subculture is the ‘lumpen’ end of the extreme nationalist ideological spectrum. There are large numbers of skinheads in Russia, responsible for a significant number of xenophobic attacks, including 97 deaths in 2008 alone, making this book relevant to Russian specialists as well as to sociologists of youth subculture. It provides a practical example of how to investigate youth subculture in depth over an extended period – in this case through empirical research following a specific group over six years – and goes on to argue that Russian skinhead subculture is not a direct import from the West, and that youth cultural practices should not be reduced to expressions of consumer choice. It presents an understanding of the Russian skinhead as a product of individuals’ whole, and evolving, lives, and thereby compels sociologists to rethink how they conceive the nature of subcultures.
 

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  1. Russia's Skinheads

    Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives

    By Hilary Pilkington, Al'bina Garifzianova, Elena Omel'chenko

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

    Russia’s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives provides a thorough examination of the phenomenon of skinheads, explaining its nature and its significance, and assessing how far Russian skinhead subculture is the ‘lumpen’ end of the extreme nationalist ideological spectrum. There are...

    Published May 4th 2010 by Routledge