Foundations of Russians' Value Consolidation: Traditionalism and Renewal

Foundations of Russians' Value Consolidation:
Traditionalism and Renewal

Kuznetsov I.M.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Leading Researcher, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia

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Kuznetsov I.M. Foundations of Russians' Value Consolidation: Traditionalism and Renewal. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 8. P. 93-102


The article presents first results of an analysis of the consolidating potential of Russians’ value orientations. The empirical basis of the study is a survey of 2000 Russian citizens in September 2020. Following conclusions were drawn in analyzing the survey data. The level of support for the idea of civilizational originality of Russia is over 70% allowing us to conclude that this value benchmark has a high consolidation potential. This idea is for a majority of Russians a marker of their identity delimiting the Russian cultural, historical and even civilizational space. Orientation towards this value marker ensures cultural identity of contemporary Russians (including the youngest) with Russians of other historical eras. At the same time, an overwhelming majority of Russians is focused on a liberal understanding of the values of civic consciousness, which indicates an almost massive rejection of the ideological imperatives of the Soviet period. The process of renewal of the value orientations in civic consciousness is characteristic not only for young people, but also for older age groups, including those respondents whose civic consciousness has been formed in the Soviet era.

value orientations; value semantics; terminal values; traditionalist values; liberal values


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