The following article is devoted to analysis of civil identity's social foundations through the actor-network theory framework. Three aspects are considered: the specific character of civic identity as a subject-object interaction between the actor and the state, the network interactions in the «real» and «virtual» spaces, social memory, social and cultural experience, socially-relevant knowledge as a basis for forming a shared social context of civic identity.
BLENDING ANTHROPONYMS: CURRENT TRENDS
The article deals with meshing surnames by British and American newly wedded couples, which has become an increasingly popular trend recognized by the UK Deed Poll Service. The article also considers the underlying social and psychological reasons for this trend, among which are striving for equality and the desire to emphasize the unity and uniqueness of the new family.