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ERIC Number: EJ832152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
Leadership and Outsidership among the Young People of a Region
Babintsev, V. P.; Boiarinova, I. V.; Reutov, E. V.
Russian Education and Society, v50 n11 p75-88 Nov 2008
The problem of the status of young people in today's Russia is being discussed vigorously in society, in the sciences, and in the mass media. It would be hard to dispute the thesis that today's young people differ a great deal in terms of their status and role in society, their educational and cultural levels, their worldview, their tastes and opinions. The authors have had occasion to argue that the spiritual life of the young people of Russia is characterized by a complex dynamic of changes. In this article, the authors opine that there are signs of an opposite tendency in young people's development, namely a tendency toward social outsidership. "A world of social outsiders" is a special "world of young people," and unless people analyze it they will not be able to make a more or less accurate assessment of the status of those considered to be the new generation. In a sociological survey the authors conducted under the aegis of a grant from the Russian Foundation for the Humanities titled "Young People's Social Outsidership as a Source of Dangers and Threats Under the Conditions of a Border Region," the social and economic outsidership of young people was confirmed with respect to a number of factors: the respondents expressed dissatisfaction with their income (39.68 percent); with the number of their possessions (33.47 percent); and with their guarantees of employment (25.05 percent), and the same percentage expressed dissatisfaction with the level of their ability to take part in the administration of society. The survey results indicate that "in its social and economic dimension, outsidership is no longer as typical of young people" as it was in the early 1990s. For a substantial portion of young people, outsidership is manifested in specific "dispositions of values and goals, motivations, and internalized norms" characterized by particular features. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia