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Fear as a factor in the social and cultural deformations of Russians life world

Valentin G. Nemirovsky, Doctor of Sociology, Professor, Editor-in-Chief f the Academic Journal Siberian Socium", University of Tyumen,
mailto: valnemirov@mail.ru
ORCID ID=0000-0002-4076-465X
Anna V. Nemirovskaya, Candidate of Sociology Senior Research Fellow, National Research University "Higher School of Economics",
mailto: annanemirov@hse.ru
ORCID ID=0000-0003-2013-0964
Tatiana A. Bulatova, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate professor, Chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Tomsk State Pedagogical University,
mailto: bulatowa@mail.ru
Fear as a factor in the social and cultural deformations of Russians life world.
Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2018. Vol. 9. No. 1. P. 95-114

DOI: 10.19181/vis.2018.24.1.499

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Topic: Factors of Destructive Influence on Society

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Valentin G. Nemirovsky., Anna V. Nemirovskaya., Tatiana A. Bulatova. Fear as a factor in the social and cultural deformations of Russians life world. Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2018. Vol. 9. No. 1. P. 95-114
DOI: https://doi.org/10.19181/vis.2018.24.1.499


This article reveals the specifics of social and cultural deformations in the life world of Russian people in general, compared to similar deformations among the population of several eastern regions of the country. These are territories representative of the Ural (Tyumen Province), Western (Tomsk Province) and Eastern Siberia (Krasnoyarsk Region). Social fears recorded within the “Regional socio-cultural portrait” method (Center for the Study of Social and Cultural Change, the Institute of Philosophy of the RAS) are considered to be factors of life world deformation. This study was carried out in the entire country of Russia in 2015, in Tyumen and Tomsk Provinces in 2016, in the Krasnoyarsk Region – in 2014. Three essential characteristics of life world – which have not been previously evaluated within this particular context – were highlighted for analysis: control locus, temporal stability (degree of pessimism/optimism) and life satisfaction as one of the key parameters of its harmony. The differences between the life world of Russians in general and that of those who inhabit the country’s eastern regions are determined within the context of the aforementioned characteristics. It is revealed that fears in the face of social dangers have a considerable deforming effect on the population’s life world. Determined are two types of deformations: nationwide and regional. The first type includes fears while facing ecologic threats and oppression due to age and gender. The latter’s level is generally much higher than the equivalent values obtained in the country’s three eastern regions. Fears while facing other sorts of threats and dangers, which are highlighted in the study, are considered to be specific regional deforming factors. The following conclusion is made: social fears deform the control locus, the harmony and temporal stability of the life world of the entire country’s population to a considerably greater degree compared to respondents from Tyumen and Tomsk Provinces, as well as the Krasnoyarsk Region. Revealed is a certain distinctive “Ural-Siberian” regional specificity of life world deformation, namely the sense that superiors in the workplace represent one of the social institutions of government. It is assumed that such specifics can be explained by regional frontier peculiarities.


social fears, socio-cultural deformations, lifeworld, locus of control, satisfaction with life, optimism, frontier regions.


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