Family role in civil identity formation of  migrants’ children

Family role in civil identity formation of  migrants’ children

Bezrukova O.N.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Acting Head of the Department of youth sociology and youth policy, Saint Petersburg State University. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Possel Yu.A.

Cand. Sci (Psychol.), Assoc. Prof., Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Russia

Samoilova V.А.

Cand. Sci (Psychol.), Assoc. Prof., Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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Bezrukova O.N., Possel Yu.A., Samoilova V.А. Family role in civil identity formation of  migrants’ children. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2018. No 4. P. 43-53


A family role in the formation of civil and ethnic identity of teenagers in mono-ethnic and interethnic families of migrants is considered based on the materials of research conducted in 2016–2017 in Saint-Petersburg. The following options of the Russian identity of teenagers from migrant families are proposed: stable-positive, stable-negative, unstable-positive, unstable-negative, indifferent. It is concluded that the formation of a stable positive Russian identity of migrant children is related to the non-contradictory ethnic identity development, the parents’ strategy for integration into Russian society, solidarity model of parenthood, free-range parenting, and child-rearing focused on recognized Russian models. The parents’ stable social status, job availability and stable social and economic status, as well as family cultural resources are very important.

civic identity; ethnic identity; mono-ethnic family; interethnic family; ethnic socialization; acculturation strategies; models of parenting; parental attitude; parenting styles; children of migrants


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