International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Formation of the national-state identity of young generation in modern Russia

victor titov, lomonosov MSU

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: lomonosov MSU
Research Area: Political culture, identity, and language

Author analyzes such important aspect of politico-psychological evolution of the Russian society, as formation of the national-state self-identifications of young generation in modern Russia. Author underline that existing specificity of the national-state identity of the Russian youth is connected  with two main groups of factors:
-consequences of «identity crisis», which had place in 90th;
- and with weakness valuable, cognitive and symbolical  bases of civil consciousness of the young Russian citizens.
On the basis of   research it author makes some conclusions:
1. Formation of the national-state identity of modern Russian youth represents difficult, multilevel  process. As the basis for self-identification serve different representations and symbols (territory, the nature, culture, oil, gas, Putin etc.) which can't be systematized in a complete picture of a political reality and often are based on the opposite politico-psychological fragments.
2. Results of research confirm a hypothesis about primary identification of the Russian youth with the "geopolitical"state and weaknesses of a national-civil component. In such system of values the state dominates and acts as the leading subject "called to provide ” any "blessings" for young Russians. The civil component appears on periphery of mass consciousness of youth.
3. "Lack" of the national-state identity is compensated ethnic, regional and other forms of local self-identification of representatives of young generation. Last years more and more important role play also "virtual" identities, formed within the limits of network communities