By Jim Riordan
Soviet formative years behaviour and modern difficulties are mentioned, together with tradition and dad song, gangs and drug addicts, delinquents and deviants, supplying an perception into their lifestyles and attitudes, and a chance to appreciate early life difficulties in one other society and the methods they're dealt with.
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It's easy for them to get you in, but you can't get out without trouble, and I don't want scandal or trouble. ' 78. The problem for students, as mentioned above, is that a Komsomol reference is generally required for applicants to higher education. And as a young student attests, 'you can't enter some university faculties without being a Komsomol member'. 79 A teacher puts the problem in perspective, 'Preference is at present being given to Komsomol members for entry into higher education. It is no secret that this leads only to mass Komsomol membership by young people in their final year at school ...
Secondly, it serves as a training ground for future Party members and leaders. Thirdly, it trains, socialises, controls and incorporates young people politically into socialist society. The shifts in emphasis on the three fundamental roles over the years have reflected the principal stages of Soviet development. While the Civil War necessitated an emphasis on the military, the New Economic Policy switched the focus to education and political instruction. Industrialisation in the late 1920s brought economic tasks to the forefront, collectivisation of agriculture, political guidance of younger children through the Pioneers in school as well as a political offensive against 'enemies of the people' and deviationists.
10. , 'The intelligentsia and the changes', New Left Review, 1987, no. 164, pp. 18-19. , 'Oruzhiem pravdy i ubezhdeniya', Molodoi kommunist, 1987, no. 1, p. 15. 2. Dragovets, 'Oruzheim pravda' (note 69), pp. 15-17. , 'The right to be unconventional', Soviet Weekly, 14 February 1987, p. l3. , Sobesednik, January 1987, no. 5, p. 2. Jim Riordan 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. ' Sobesednik, Janury 1987, no. 5, p. 2. 'Printsipialno, bez kompromissov', Sobesednik, December 1986, no.
Soviet Youth Culture by Jim Riordan