The article analyses the interconnection between life path trajectories and scientific biography of the Russian-born American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968). Drawing on the example of two Sorokin’s theories - the theory of social mobility and the theory of creative altruism - the author demonstrates how Sorokin’s background influenced their meaning and shows how Sorokin reflected on his life journey, based on these theories.
The review considers the consequences of the widespread adoption of digital technologies into social life during the COVID-19 pandemic. It discusses how people’s interactions with each other and with technological devices have changed, how the inability to communicate directly face to face has affected them and what risks arise from the digitalization of work, education and everyday life.
The review considers the social aspects of the changing role of public libraries. It shows how the traditional role of libraries as «knowledge storages» is supplemented by such tasks as defense of rights and creating space for public life.