During much of the Cold War, physical escape from countries in the Eastern Bloc was a nearly impossible act. There remained, however, possibilities for other socialist escapes, particularly time spent free from party ideology and the mundane routines of everyday life. The essays in this volume examine sites of socialist escapes, such as beaches, campgrounds, nightclubs, concerts, castles, cars, and soccer matches. The chapters explore the effectiveness of state efforts to engineer society through leisure, entertainment, and related forms of cultural programming and consumption. They lead to a deeper understanding of statesociety relations in the Soviet sphere, where the state did not simply "e;dictate from above"e; and inhabitants had some opportunities to shape solidarities, identities, and meaning.
Breaking Away from Ideology and Everyday Routine in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989