Social Memory of Russians about the Great Patriotic War (The Сase of the Saratov Region)

Social Memory of Russians about the Great Patriotic War (The Сase of the Saratov Region)

Ivchenkov S.G.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Assoc. Prof., Dean of Faculty, Sociological Faculty, Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia.

Nikiforov Ya.A.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Assoc. Prof., Prof., Sociological Faculty, Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia.

Sitnikova S.V.

Dr. Sci (Sociol.), Prof. of the Department of social Informatics of the faculty of sociology, N.G. Chernyshevsky National Research Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia

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Ivchenkov S.G., Nikiforov Ya.A., Sitnikova S.V. Social Memory of Russians about the Great Patriotic War (The Сase of the Saratov Region). Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 7. P. 125-136


The article is devoted to one of the most relevant topics of Russian social life today: social memory of Russians about the Great Patriotic War. Theoretical and methodological conceptualization of the concept of social memory leads the authors to treat this concept as one of the basic mechanisms that produce, consolidate and preserve sociality. Social memory is a key to social relationships because by producing socio-value paradigm it is at the heart of regulations of social action. Institutional paradigm of the study serves as study scheme containing a number of evaluation positions on the quality of storage and transmission of historical facts from generation to generation revealed in such positions as: a rating of popular sources of information about the events of the Great Patriotic War, levels of trust to information in terms of accessibility, volume and historical reliability. It was this approach that made it possible to objectify subjective evaluation positions by building a model of averages. In addition, a qualitative research strategy was used. Questions – arguments for confidence assessments were open. This allowed to objectively assess quality of activities to reproduce the social memory in various social institutions: family, school, media, and the state. In general, the obtained data feature f rather high degree of confidence making it possible to state that in relation to the formation, preservation, development and transfer of the social memory of Russians about the Great Patriotic War basic social institutions responsible for these processes fulfill their functions: contribution to the preservation, consolidation, development and self-regulation of the social system of modern Russian society.

social memory; institutional approach; sociological research; Great Patriotic War


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