The “Generation of Janitors and Watchmen”: Work and Employment Ethics in the Cultural Underground of the Late Soviet Period
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The “Generation of Janitors and Watchmen”: Work and Employment Ethics in the Cultural Underground of the Late Soviet Period
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S207987840005147-0-1
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10.18254/S207987840005147-0
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Irina Gordeeva 
Affiliation: Saint Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract

The article focuses on the place of work in the system of life values of representatives of the cultural underground of the 1960s — 1980s, concerning mainly the community of Soviet hippies. The study of a large complex of memoirs that has developed in recent decades suggests that primitive “social parasitism” (tuneiadstvo) and ethics of autonomy, contrary to the prevailing stereotype, are far from exhausting all the diversity of work ethic of the “generation of janitors and watchmen”. According to the findings of the study, it is in the midst of Soviet hippies that the emergence of the ethics of responsibility towards the society in which they live becomes noticeable.

Keywords
work ethic, Soviet hippies, cultural underground, passive resistance, informal economy
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01.04.2019
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17.06.2019
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