The Social Is Political – Beyond Stagnation in the Seventies

ap9109060344_wide-7d6ea895e371884e0a237aa1c95ce04d498aca9c-s1500-c85We had some terrific submissions this week, many of which circled around changing cultural conventions and social norms.

The slider and Comrade’s Corner are brimming with posts about the influence of Western clothing, rock music and television on Soviet youth (and their parents). In many ways, these cultural shifts seem incongruous with the more famous profile of the dissident movement, which, like the Soviets’ ill-fated war in Afghanistan and the controversial boycotts of the Moscow Olympics grabbed many headlines in a decade that was far from stagnant.