Loginova L.V., Sheblanova V.V. Destructive Civic Activity of Young People: Theoretical and Methodological Conceptualization

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lp.jvolsu.2019.2.9

Larisa V. Loginova
Doctor of Sciences (Sociology), Professor, Department of History, Political Studies and Sociology, Saratov State Law Academy
Volskaya St., 1, 410056 Saratov, Russian Federation
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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2675-2801

Veronika V. Sheblanova
Doctor of Sciences (Sociology), Associate Professor, Professor, Department of History, Political Studies and Sociology, Saratov State Law Academy
Volskaya St., 1, 410056 Saratov, Russian Federation
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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5316-2431


Abstract. The authors analyze the interdisciplinary discourse and functional-content specificity of the phenomenon of youth civic activity, study the theoretical and methodological positions, categorical signs of destructive civic activity, as well as the contexts of possible manifestations of destructive youth civic practices. There is an increase in the need to study the civic youth activity, which acquires various forms of expression of positive and destructive orientation, reflecting the current political, economic, socio-cultural values of society. The processes of destabilization in society, negatively affecting the level of social protection of young people, due to youth maximalism, instability of life priorities, push to engage in socially dangerous activities, including extremist orientation. The potential space for the implementation of destructive practices of young people is expanding at the expense of social Internet networks, where their informal self-organization is activated. Internet activism is developing – purposeful actions in the online space, built around the situation-problems and aimed at its solution. The authors perform the categorization of civic activism of the youth through the analysis of cause-effect relations, which are necessary contiguous concepts as a response of young people to any social injustice, dysfunction of the economic and political system, an important condition for the normal functioning of society. The researchers define destructive behavior as a type of human activity that changes social objects through their destruction. Destructive civic activity of young people is understood as a sophisticated, multi-level, thematically diverse manifestation of social activity with a certain potential. The authors assume that destructive youth activism is expressed in aggressive individual and collective, verbal and non-verbal actions (including the form of destructive civic content in the Internet space). The paper states that destructiveness of civic activity is manifested in delinquent socially dangerous, aggressive forms. However, the authors conclude that destructive civil initiatives can also be socially useful, aimed at solving urgent problems related to social inequality, injustice, corruption, non-compliance with laws, and under certain conditions become the driving force of the "recovery" of society.

Key words: youth, social activity, citizenship, civic activity, destructiveness, destructive civic content.

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