Territorial Identity: Structure, Boundaries, Reproduction

Territorial Identity:
Structure, Boundaries, Reproduction

Mokin K.S.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia. mokin_konstantin@list.ru

Baryshnaya N.A.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Professor at the Department of Sociology, Ethnography and Sociometry, Russian State Social University, Moscow, Russia. socis64@gmail.com

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This work was supported by RFBR “Territorial identity: factors, mechanisms and instruments of formation (comparative analysis of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Ossetia)”, grant № 20-511-07004.

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Mokin K.S., Baryshnaya N.A. Territorial Identity: Structure, Boundaries, Reproduction. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 6. P. 101-111


The purpose of the article is to analyze the phenomenon of territorial identity as a reflection of modern transformation processes and a relevant indicator of the potential for social mobilization of residents in local territories. The research objectives were to analyze the structure of territorial identity, the forms and mechanisms of reproduction of the external and internal social boundaries of the territorial identity area, and the role of social networks in its reduction. The analysis of the data is based on sociological studies conducted in the Saratov region, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, and the Republic of South Ossetia. It describes the structural characteristics of territorial identity, the processes of formation of its social boundaries, and evaluates social networks as tools for its preservation, formation, and transformation. The authors conclude that territorial identity occupies a leading place in the structure of an individual self-identification and can be a powerful group consolidating factor.

territorial identity; ethnicity; social boundaries; social mobilization; social networks; Saratov region; Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria; Republic of South Ossetia


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