Ambiguous attitudes held by the heirs of Russian
moguls may affect the future of the country's big businesses. On one hand, the
children of wealthy Russian business owners have an excellent headstart – they
are well-educated and generally share their parents' values. Yet on the other
hand, they are not likely to become selfless workaholics. Instead, they tend to
be more hedonistic than their parents and less inclined to devote their entire
life to building the family business. Most Russian business heirs expect to
retire early and switch to hobbies, recreation and entertainment in their
mid-life. Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, professor of the HSE Faculty of Social
Sciences, is the
first Russian researcher to study the mindsets of heirs of biggest Russian fortunes.
September 30, 2015
Coming from a low-income, uneducated family can affect a child’s language
skills, resulting in underdeveloped, ungrammatical speech, which hinders academic
performance and limits one’s chances of success in life. However, parents can
help a child offset the effects of a negative family background, according to Kirill
Maslinsky, research fellow at the Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science,
HSE campus in St. Petersburg.
September 18, 2015
Children of labour migrants from Central Asia don’t
want to preserve their ethnic
self-definition, i.e. to speak their native language and follow their
cultural traditions. They try to distance themselves from people of their
ethnic identity and become fully locals. Both Russian schools and parents
further this process, concluded Raisa Akifyeva, senior lecturer at the St.
Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities Department of Sociology, as
a result of her research.
September 10, 2015
It is increasingly common for scientists to
engage the general public in dialogue and involve people in research rather
than communicating with them in a haughty or condescending manner. We are
witnessing the hybridization of research institutes: researchers are more
actively collaborating with the media, civil society, and the customers for
research, HSE Associate Professor Roman Abramov and Senior Lecturer at the
Department for the Analysis of Social Institutions Andrei Kozhanov noted in an
September 09, 2015
Many young employees of museums, art centres and galleries, libraries and
publishing houses move up the career ladder fairly fast, yet workplace success
comes at a cost, forcing them to work beyond normal hours and outside formal
job descriptions. Nevertheless, employees of cultural institutions are prepared
to make the extra effort to help their organisations survive, according to
Margarita Kuleva, lecturer at the Department of Sociology, HSE campus in St.
August 21, 2015
boundaries are diminishing fast and do not influence people’s lives as much as
before. Nevertheless, age remains an important factor in social interaction.
Age self-identification for women is closely related to their appearances,
which is why beauty remains one of the main self-investment projects for women.
These are the conclusions drawn by researchers from the HSE Centre for Youth
Studies (CYS) in St. Petersburg as part of a project* entitled ‘Age under
Construction: Age Construction by Girls and Young Women’.
July 24, 2015
Free legal services are generally available in Russia, but their quality
varies widely. Court-appointed lawyers tend to be less knowledgeable and
competent than those who offer their services pro bono for reasons such as
social responsibility or professional reputation, according to a study by Anton
Kazun, Junior Research Fellow at the HSE International Center for the Study of
Institutions and Development.
July 20, 2015
and commercialization of health issues in today’s Western culture have led to
growing healthism – a peremptory idea of self-preserving behaviour. This
approach criticizes everything that fails to fit into the glamorous standards
of a beautiful, young and slim body. In extreme forms, healthism is close to
eugenics, which selects a ‘correct’ heredity. But even simple concerns about
the ‘standards’ of physical condition may provoke hypercorrection, such as
surgery on a healthy body, said Evgenia Golman, lecturer at the HSE Faculty of
Social Sciences Department of General Sociology, in her article published in
the Journal of Social Policy Studies.
July 17, 2015
Social workers tend to believe that society underestimates the
complexity of their mission and fails to fully appreciate the gift of caring
and compassion that they offer their clients. Experts warn that social work may
lead to burnout, unless practitioners are taught the skills of managing their
emotions in dealing with clients and equipped with standard algorithms
facilitating their 'emotional work' and thus helping to alleviate stress,
according to Olga Simonova, Deputy Head of the HSE Department of General
July 06, 2015
There is not a single country in the world where all people share the
same system of values. Every society has members focused on serving others as
well as those who value personal achievement above all and rely only on
themselves. Independent altruists committed to helping others, yet expecting nothing
in return, are relatively rare in all European countries, particularly in
post-Soviet countries, where their proportion is among the smallest, according
to Vladimir Magun and Maksim Rudnev of the HSE's Laboratory for Comparative
Studies in Mass Consciousness.
June 24, 2015
Once unemployed, mid-level employees suffer primarily from loss of income, while senior-level leaders mostly resent the loss of respect; of all employee categories, production and service workers are most likely to become unemployed. These are some of the findings summarized in the paper 'The dynamics of subjective social status associated with loss of employment: an analysis of occupational differences', which was presented by Anna Zudina, Junior Research Fellow of the Centre for Labour Market Studies, at the Ninth Yuri Levada Memorial Conference on Contemporary Russian Society and Sociology hosted by HSE.
June 16, 2015
For people today, a job is not only a source of revenue, but also an essential attribute of a full life. Professional work must be interesting, in demand by society, well paid, and must leave a certain level of freedom, young Russians believe. This is what researchers* from the HSE Centre for Youth Studies (CYS) in St. Petersburg found out as part of their project ‘Youth solidarities and generations of the 21st century: the values of labour and consumption’.
June 15, 2015