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The Specific Features of Anti-fascist - Youth Movement of Saint Petersburg

Student: Valeriya Tabolova

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2017

The following master’s thesis is devoted to the modern Saint-Petersburg antifa-scene and its peculiarities. The thesis is written in a qualitative framework and includes the overview of subcultural and postsubcultural theories such as neo-tribes and lifestyles. The research is especially focused on solidarity and scene approaches, since these theoretical concepts can be defined as the most complete description of the Russian reality. The object of the following research is the youth, whose self-determination refers to the concept of antifa-solidarity. The subject of the following research is the key value systems and orientations interacting with basic «friend-or-foe» identification principles in the antifa-scene. The objective of the research was the detection of the modern antifa-solidarity fragmentation and the value system existing in the core of such processes. There were taken 17 half-structured interviews with antifa music scene members, activists and ordinary listeners in order to achieve that purpose. The relevance of the following research is that there is a number of works nowadays devoted to antifascist movements in different countries such as England, Germany and Italy. Furthermore, there are researches dealing with the period of the growth in aggression in the 2010s. However, the modern situation has changed and the qualitative analysis of solidarity itself and its last alterations appears necessary in this case. Moreover, the fact that a community cannot live as a whole seems to be important. There exist controversial as well as consensus and cooperation spheres for young people. This thesis deals with these particular peculiarities of modern antifa-solidarity. Key words: solidarity, scene approach, antifa

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