This book explores the impact on different generations of Lithuanians of the fifty-year Soviet modernisation project which was implemented in Lithuania from 1940 to 1991. It reveals the specific characteristics of ‘the last Soviet generation’, born in the 1970s, and sets this generation apart from those who were born earlier and later. It analyses changes in attitudes, choices and relationships in a variety of social spheres and contexts and the adaptation skills which were required during the late Soviet and post-Soviet transformation processes. Overall, it presents a great deal of detail on the social experiences of different generations in late Soviet and post-Soviet society.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Social Time and Generations Laima Žilinskienė and Melanie Ilic Part 1 2. Soviet Dystopia: Public Spaces and Modern Materialities in Late Soviet Lithuania Neringa Klumbytė 3. Understandings of Crime and Deviance in Soviet and Post-Soviet Lithuania Monika Kareniauskaitė 4. The Last Generation of Engineers in Soviet Lithuania Saulius Grybkauskas Part 2 5. Life Course as an Identity Component of the Last Soviet Generation in Lithuania Sigita Kraniauskienė 6. Identifying the 1970s Generation Irena Šutinienė 7. Particularities of the Behavioural Models of the Last Soviet Generation Laima Žilinskienė 8. Lithuania’s Cultural Elite, Born from 1970 to 1980: Group, Class and Generational Identities Vilius Ivanauskas and Monika Kareniauskaitė 9. The Role of Religious Experience in the Formation of Life Choices, Social Attitudes and Behaviour Models of Different Generations in Lithuania Irena Eglė Laumenskaitė 10. Communicative Family Memory across Generations Laima Žilinskienė 11. Lithuania’s Gender Revolution: Reversed and Stalled Aušra Maslauskaitė
Laima Žilinskienė is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology and Social Work, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Melanie Ilic is Professor of Soviet History at the University of Gloucestershire, UK