A Comparative Analysis of the Processes of Social Mobility in the USSR and in Today's Russia
In an analysis of research data on three generations of Russians, it was found that the impetus prompted by the social and economic transformation in the early 1990s that opened up opportunities for social and professional growth had been practically exhausted by late 2006, and the tendency toward downward social mobility has become more pronounced. This provides evidence that the social structure of today's Russia is "stagnant" and there are no positive shifts in its dynamics.
The monograph contains the results of large-scale collective project on Integrated Studies of social mobility in modern Russia. Theoretical and empirical analysis are based on the proposed authors multidimensional social mobility concepts or concepts “Broad life changes” that take into account different dimensions of social and spatial movements. In the object of researchers interest included social strata that are at different poles of the social hierarchy and representing both "top" and and the "bottoms" of Russian society. Combined methodological approach and use of mix methods allows you to present the processes mobility as through the lens of representative population polls, and through these interviews. In addition to objective characteristics of social mobility considered more complex phenomena associated with subjective mobility, such as habitus, motivational repertoire of mobility, social and cultural capital. Monograph supplement and enrich the materials of external participants, including international, working in similar paradigms.
The evolution of scientific views of the problem of social mobility illustrates the complexity of analyzing mobility in a context of social change, but also shows the societal benefits of a meritocratic principle of social selection.
Several approaches to the concept of fatherhood present in Western sociological tradition are analyzed and compared: biological determinism, social constructivism and biosocial theory. The problematics of fatherhood and men’s parental practices is marginalized in modern Russian social research devoted to family and this fact makes the traditional inequality in family relations, when the father’s role is considered secondary compared to that of mother, even stronger. However, in Western critical men’s studies several stages can be outlined: the development of “sex roles” paradigm (biological determinism), the emergence of the hegemonic masculinity concept, inter-disciplinary stage (biosocial theory). According to the approach of biological determinism, the role of a father is that of the patriarch, he continues the family line and serves as a model for his ascendants. Social constructivism looks into man’s functions in the family from the point of view of masculine pressure and establishing hegemony over a woman and children. Biosocial theory aims to unite the biological determinacy of fatherhood with social, cultural and personal context. It is shown that these approaches are directly connected with the level of the society development, marriage and family perceptions, the level of egality of gender order.
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.