The article examines the status system of the local academic community of St. Petersburg sociologists. The list of most cited authors was obtained from citation analysis of selected Russian sociological journals. The results suggest that the status system is divided in isolated segments with few citation exchanges between different segments. Each part of the sociological community produces its own list of influentials. With a few exceptions there are no authors central for the whole community. Even the embeddedness of various segments in the same local space does not stimulate circulation of attention between different parts of the community.
The article presents the results of an empirical study performed in 2004. After analyzing the collated data, the authors form a portrait of the professional practice of college teachers. They analyze the motivation and role patterns that serve as a conventional norm for college teachers. The external conditions of college teaching are investigated as well. The research has discovered both positive and negative tendencies in teachers professional activities. The authors have also been able to find ways of overcoming the problems they identified, and these approaches could enhance the ongoing reforms in higher education.