Key Identity Features of Urban Youth: The Case of Krasnodar Krai

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This article is devoted to the study of urban youth local identity in a large and medium city. This identity is manifested in everyday interaction with the urban community, its socio-political institutions and visitors and affect the level of public and political participation, the presence of constructive civic practices. The aim is to identify and describe the main components and place of local youth identity in the system of social identities in large and medium-sized cities of Krasnodar krai (Krasnodar, Novorossiysk, Sochi and Armavir). The empirical basis of the study was made up of focus group transcripts conducted with various groups of young people (schoolchildren, students, and working youth). To verify the conceptual model a modified version of the Kuhn-McPartland method was used. On the basis of the conducted empirical research, the place of local identity in the system of urban youth social and territorial identities was revealed. The dependence between the size of a city and a cohort of young people and a local identity was shown. Such components of young people local identity as awareness of the city and its socio-political life, attitude towards representatives of other communities, a sense of their involvement in city life, the desire to stay and live in the city, the will to work for the benefit of the city, to participate in its socio-political life. The study made it possible to identify the valence of youth identity (negative, neutral, positive). The trajectories of young people spatial mobility that affect the degree of actualization and valence of local identity were also described. The dependence between the strength of youth local identity and participation in public and political activity for the benefit of the city and the region, participation in the activities of public and political organizations has been revealed.


About the authors

Irina Vladimirovna Samarkina

Kuban State University

Author for correspondence.
Email: smrkn@mail.ru
Krasnodar, Russian Federation

Doctor of Political Science, Associate Professor, Head of Management and Psychology Faculty, professor of Public policy and Public management Department

Igor Stanislavovich Bashmakov

Kuban State University

Email: igorbash87@mail.ru
Krasnodar, Russian Federation

PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Department

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