Zvonovsky V.B. Dynamics of Youth Values in the Samara Region

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lp.jvolsu.2018.4.10

Vladimir B. Zvonovsky

Doctor of Sciences (Sociology), Head of Departament of Sociology and Psychology, Samara State University of Economics
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Soviet Army St., 141, 443090Samara, Russian Federation

Abstract. The article discusses the dynamics of changes in the value orientations of the age group of young people in the 10s of the 21st century compared with the values of the similar group of the "zero" years of the 21st century, as well as the transformation of the hierarchy of the problems the youth group deal with as the challenges facing young people preferences and their changes in the last 15 years. Researchers identify two periods of transformation of Russian youth values. The first one can be limited to the period between 1995 and 2005. It was caused by the breaking of the main part of social institutions, where the processes of youth socialization took place. The present youth group, which entered this period after 2008, passed the final phase of socialization after the formation of the modern Russian economic system that had defined the structure of employment and work ethics. By this time, the period of uncertainty and the feelings of instability and pessimism, stimulating the consolidation of asocial attitudes, had already ended. In this regard, sociologists of the Social Research Fund repeated the previous stages of their monitoring of young people in the Samara region, which took place from 1993 to 2004. The article mainly presents the results of the measurement carried out in the summer of 2018, i.e. 15 years after the previous measurement. During this period, the age cohort, which related to young people in the previous waves of research, has been updated almost completely. The results of the study show a significant weakening of interest in education, especially higher education, consistently high focus on life success and career and the continuing peripherality of political activity for young people. In particular, it is shown that the hierarchy of values has acquired qualitatively new features that are not typical of the former youth groups and the behavior of older age groups.

Key words: youth, values, dynamics, education, career, Samara.

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