Reading is not a popular pastime for young people today. Classic and modern literature often lose out to fantasy fiction, which is often made into films and videogames and allows young readers to become viewers and participants of an alternate reality, according to Lyubov Borusiak, Associate Professor of the HSE School of Integrated Communications, who presented the findings from her study of young readers' preferences at the HSE's XVI April International Academic Conference.
April 09, 2015
High rates of mortality, early death and poor health are the main problems affecting elderly Russians—who nevertheless continue to work and help their children and grandchildren. The state's policy for older citizens should focus on providing better access to quality health care and creating opportunities for Russians aged 50 and over to contribute as volunteers and continue their education, according to participants of the HSE seminar 'Active Aging in the Context of Social Policy: How to Measure It'.
March 31, 2015
Consumerist culture, the marital market, mass media and the entertainment
industry all impose stringent standards on the female body—it has to be sexy,
healthy and thin. Young women’s obsession with the slim body ideal supported by
social networks can indicate serious neurotic disorders. Some online
pro-anorexia groups of high school and college students romanticise excessive
weight loss and take pride in using their willpower to suppress their appetite,
found researchers Darya Litvina and Polina Ostroukhova of the HSE branch in St.
March 25, 2015
Russians would like their children to value achievement and wealth more than they themselves do. This stems from the reality and norms of modern life, Maxim Rudnev and Alexandra Savelkayeva from HSE’s Laboratory for Comparative Studies of Mass Consciousness noted in a study on intergenerational value transmission.
January 28, 2015
The mania for a slim body and a phobia of obesity, an obsession with their bodies, constant reflection about their looks and following the ideals of ‘model’ slenderness are the specifics of body culture in the consumerist society, which are widespread among young people, according to Yana Krupets and Nadezhda Nartova, researchers at the HSE Centre for Youth Studies in St. Petersburg.
January 23, 2015
Attitudes towards family and sexual norms vary widely across the former Soviet Union republics. At the country level, economic development and the level of religiosity both help to determine attitudes, while age plays an important role at the individual level. Middle-aged people tend to be more liberal than those who are older or younger, according to a study conducted by Sofia Lopatina, Veronica Kostenko, and Eduard Ponarin of the HSE's Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) in St. Petersburg.
January 12, 2015
Followers of older, more established religions are less likely to commit
suicide than adepts of newer faiths. Factors influencing the risk of suicide
include a feeling of isolation from the majority and a belief in life after
death, according to a study by Eduard Ponarin, Director of the HSE's Laboratory
for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) in St. Petersburg, and Vassily Usenko,
M.D., Ph.D., from Dnipropetrovsk
December 01, 2014
Most research into social change limits itself to social factors causing change. However, other factors, such as natural disasters, climate and geographical peculiarities of the particular place, or infectious diseases also have a significant impact on societal evolution
November 27, 2014
In the past year, 57% of adult Russians have donated money to charity or to strangers in need. Health, religion, disaster relief, and orphanages were the most popular causes, according to Irina Mersiyanova, Director of the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-Profit Sector, and Irina Korneyeva, researcher with the same Centre
November 25, 2014
The values of migrants in Europe are more affected by their host country than by the country where the migrants were born and raised. In other words, the sociocultural environment migrants live in changes their value systems, Maksim Rudnev, a Senior Research Fellow in HSE’s Laboratory for Comparative Studies in Mass Consciousness, said in the study ‘Value Adaptation among Intra-European Migrants. The Role of Country of Birth and Country of Residence’
November 24, 2014
Poverty in Russia is particularly difficult to overcome since it is very
heterogeneous. The Russian poor include groups as diverse as villagers who do
not seem to fit into the post-industrial environment, low-skilled workers,
university professors, and parents of young children. Each category of the poor
requires a separate approach and a different type of state support, according
to HSE Professor Nataliya Tikhonova and Associate Professor at the Faculty of
Economics, Vasiliy Anikin
November 21, 2014
The 2008-2009 financial crisis could have affected people's values; however, researchers have not yet found any such changes in Europe. A study by Maksim Rudnev and Vladimir Magun of the HSE's Laboratory for Comparative Studies in Mass Consciousness and Peter Schmidt, former head of the HSE's Laboratory for Socio-Cultural Research, suggests that the recent financial crisis may have a delayed effect on society's values
October 13, 2014