Social Competitiveness of the Youth and Their Perceptions of the Socio-Cultural Environment (Based on Research in a Large Siberian Region)
The purpose of the article is to analyze the social competitiveness of young people in the context of their ideas about their socio-cultural environment. The socio-cultural environment in the study is represented by the respondents’ perceptions about the predominance of a certain type of society at three levels: Russia as a whole, the region, the enterprise (educational institution). The social competitiveness of young people has only scarcely been studied by sociologists. In the article, this phenomenon is seen as the ability of social actors to achieve their goals in a society in the conditions of competition with other people. The empirical basis of this research is a representative survey, conducted in 2016 in the Krasnoyarsk Territory using formalized interviews among 1000 respondents. The article shows that the most competitive youth are those who perceive their socio-cultural macro environment (Russian society) as either pre-industrial, feudal or industrial, capitalistic one. It is established that there are two opposing in their meaning forms of the moral and value environment of the young people in the region, each of which ensures the high social competitiveness of a certain part of the youth. In particular, the socio-cultural environment of the competitiveness of young people corresponds to the contemporary state of Russian society. On the contrary, many adult actors continue to live in the socio-cultural context of the past era. It is concluded that the socio-cultural environment of the activity is specific for various social actors, and the identification of mechanisms of determination of social success is a promising area for further research.
The article considers a problem of the relationship of television preferences and value orientations of the Russians. The results of concrete sociological research, conducted by the author in 2013, are presented. This research, based on a nationwide survey on a representative sample of 1,600 people, was realized in frame of the project "Social and Cultural Role of the Russian TV in the National Information Space" under the auspices of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation.
This study analyzes the phenomenology of socio-psychological capital viewed as a resource for psychological relations which constitutes the basis for the formation of social capital. A cross-cultural analysis of the impact of value orientations on socio-psychological capital has been performed. Based on a sample of 3 ethnic groups (Russians, n = 103; Chechens, n = 100; Ingush, n = 109), it has been demonstrated that although the impact of individual values on socio-psychological capital obeys logic, it may be culture-specific. Values of Self-Transcendence (Benevolence and Universalism) have a positive impact on the socio-psychological capital of a multicultural society, whereas values of Self-Enhancement influence it negatively. Openness to Change values positively influence civic identity but have a negative effect on perceived social capital. Conservation values positively affect the civic (Russian) identity of the representatives of the Ingush ethnic group.
International student admission allows not only to universally popularize Russian education but also to replenish human capital assets at an easy rate and to solve the problem of demographic pit at the expense of fresh graduates willing to permanently move to Russia after their graduation. The CIS states are currently the main source of enrollees willing to obtain higher education in Russia. The paper specifies the differences in socio-demographic characteristics and value orientations of those students who want to move permanently to Russia, to get back to their home country or to move permanently to any other country. Based on the survey involving 262 students from the CIS countries studying in the Moscow universities, the study shows that students with different migration intentions have substantial differences in value orientations according to the Schwartz Value Survey data; they also differ by their socio-demographic characteristics such as parents’ education level, household income and national identity.
The article presents an investigation of the connection between self-image and the value-motivational orientation of delinquent adolescents in comparison with normatively developing adolescents. Delinquency among minors and young people is one of the most pressing social problems all over the world. Asocial behavior patterns and habits acquired at an early age in the absence of correction along the way can lead to a severe deformation of personality and the growth of recidivism. As such, it is imperative to study the mechanisms of the formation of deviant behavior. The connection between unlawful behavior of adolescents and the specifics of their self-image and value orientation is doubtless, however, this aspect is insufficiently elaborated academically. The article presents a study aimed at revealing the features of these associations in normatively developing and delinquent adolescents. The study involved 90 adolescents aged from 14 to 17. Of these 54% were boys, 46% were girls. The adolescents were divided into 3 groups: students of the 9th grade of general education schools, students of the 11th grade of general education schools, and delinquent adolescents who are registered with the Department of Juvenile Affairs. The peculiarities of the association between self-image and the value-motivational orientation of the personality of delinquent adolescents identified in the study will help in improving the system of prevention of neglect and juvenile delinquency.
This article is talking about state management and cultural policy, their nature and content in term of the new tendency - development of postindustrial society. It mentioned here, that at the moment cultural policy is the base of regional political activity and that regions can get strong competitive advantage if they are able to implement cultural policy successfully. All these trends can produce elements of new economic development.