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.

chapter 1|13 pages

Introduction: Social time and generations

ByLaima Žilinskien, Melanie Ilic

chapter 2|16 pages

Soviet dystopia

Public spaces and modern materialities in late Soviet Lithuania 1
ByNeringa Klumbyt

chapter 3|19 pages

Understandings of crime and deviance in Soviet and post-Soviet Lithuania 1

ByMonika Kareniauskait

chapter 4|15 pages

The last generation of engineers in Soviet Lithuania 1

BySaulius Grybkauskas

chapter 6|24 pages

Identifying the 1970s generation 1

ByIrena Šutinien

chapter 8|19 pages

Lithuania's cultural elite, born from 1970 to 1980

Group, class and generational identities
ByVilius Ivanauskas, Monika Kareniauskait

chapter 10|21 pages

Communicative family memory across generations

ByLaima Žilinskien

chapter 11|19 pages

Lithuania's gender revolution: Reversed and stalled 1

ByAušra Maslauskait