Some remarks regarding the influence of Western culture on youth, 1953
The document is a comprehensive analysis drafted by the People's Youth of Croatia (PYC) which emphasises phenomena considered to be the result of Western culture’s influence on young people. All of the youth activities that the PYC deemed to have been created under the influence of the West were also considered oppositional because they were at odds with the prevailing ideology. The paper lists and analyses the flight of young people to the West as a result of idolatry of the West; dissatisfaction with the regime or economic problems (since legal migration was largely prohibited until the early 1960s); debates about freedom and free initiative that, to the extent they proceeded, especially in Zagreb, were not desirable because they surpassed of the accepted framework; coverage of events in the West by the youth press, especially movie columns (Vie Giovanilli, Horizon, The Revue, The Film Journal), which in the opinion of the PYC was too exaggerated and idealized the Western way of life versus that under socialism; the reading of works by authors who considered the notion of freedom (Camus, Sartre) at the philosophical level; the spread of comics as a typical form of creative expression by Western cultures; the "hip" behaviour of young people (Western clothing and hairstyles, establishing “gangs“), the obsession of the youth with the Wild West and similar phenomena.
This PYC document, along with the records of other so-called socio-political organizations, was until 1995 a part of the Archives of the Institute of History of the Croatian Workers' Movement/Institute of Contemporary History. In July of that year, the archives were handed over to the Croatian State Archives (CSA), where they are kept today.
The archives are regularly used by the researchers for scholarly publications, which was the case for this report as well.
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HR-HDA-1126.96.36.199.8.14. Commission for ideological and political work. Negative and Hostile Influences on the Youth, 1949 - 1960, Some of the remarks regarding the influence of Western culture on the youth, 1953.
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