Swedish youth riots on a New Year's in 1953?
July 12, 2010 7:30 PM Subscribe
Industrial society and its past: Trying to find details and specifics about spontaneous youth riots on a New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1950s.
posted by renovatio1 to Law & Government (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in the middle of watching The Betrayal by Technology: A Portrait of Jacques Ellul
Around 33:35, he mentions:
In 1953 you had the so called "rebels without a cause". Students who revolted in Stockholm. That was the first revolt of the young rebels without a cause. They had everything. They were happy. They lived in a nice society. They lacked nothing. And suddenly, on New Year's Eve, they took to the streets and destroyed everything. No one could understand it.
So far I can't find anything concrete, just a locus of references, none with 1953 specifically. One placed the date on New Year's 1957, one mentioned 1956, and most are irrelevant (references to politically-oriented student riots from later decades).
On the other hand, there indeed seem to be a flurry of movies surrounding Rebel Without a Cause
that all date back to that period.