No 4 (2012)


In commemoration of a scientist

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RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):5
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Zomia: Successful Strategies of Flight from the State

Scott J.


This publication is a synopsis-translation of the first chapter from the book by James Scott “The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia” (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), which came out in the “Yale Agrarian Studies” series. It continues the line of argument started by Scott in his work “Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed”: the central task of the state is to control the territories and the citizens, this is why the mobile, self-governing communities are opposed to the very idea of national unity. Scott suggests that we take a different look at the conventional history of mankind (focusing exclusively on national institutes in all possible formats), taking the example of South-East Asia and drawing numerous historical and regional analogies.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):6-19
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The Russian Official’s “Code of Honour”: A Draft for the Empirical Research Programme

Shmerlina I.A.


The article presents the analytical reconstruction of the Russian official’s social type. The work is implemented within the transpersonal approach paradigm and uses the conceptual resources of N. Luhmann’s theory of social autopoiesis and M. Weber’s theory of bureaucracy. The article shows that this approach can give a sufficient approximation of the psychological and behavioral features of the official’s social type, including such an intrinsic feature of its professional ethos as bureaucratic formalism.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):20-34
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Methodological and Methodic Aspects of Studying Social Representations of Intelligenzia

Tertyshnikova A.G.


The article is devoted to studying social representations of the intelligenzia and the intellectual. The author’s main aim is to study social representations of the intelligenzia on the empirical level on the basis of a complex analysis applying specially elaborated techniques. The completed study allows us to reconstruct the image of the intelligenzia and the intellectual proceeding from social representations.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):35-49
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Nonclassic Agricultural Cooperatives in Belgorod Region: How Local Authorities Establish Co-operation

Kurakin A.A.


The agricultural co-operation development project is carried out in Belgorod region which is known for its agro-holdings. The interviews with the leaders of two co-operatives have shown that they are still a far cry from its classic ideal. To a great extent, they are closer to being mediators between the agricultural producers and consumers of their produce. The local authorities have built for them a well-protected market niche, characterized not so much by competition, but rather by administrative bargaining. Nevertheless, we know from the history of co-operation that the first steps were often made similarly.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):50-63
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The Role of Public Organizations in Forming the Udmurt Ethnicity

Sharacheva R.M.


The article considers the process of forming the Udmurt ethnicity. It presents a historical review of the Udmurt national movement. The author describes some distinctive features of social movements and their role in forming the Udmurt ethnicity.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):64-70
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The Conflict Potential of Students in a Polyethnic Region

Pozdeev I.L.


On the basis of sociological research the article examines various forms of social activity of students in a poly-ethnic region, including their participation in the protest movement. The author notes that the students mainly choose legal forms of protecting their interests. Among the young people, the level of tolerance as regards the representatives of other cultures, is quite high, which in many respects results from the centuries-old experience of inter-ethnic coexistence, accumulated in the regional community.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):71-80
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Russia in the eyes of Serbian Students

Šuvaković U.V., Petrović J.S.


The paper is based on an empirical research of the attitudes of the student population in Serbia in terms of their opinions about Russia, the scope of their knowledge about that country and the sources on which they base their perception. In a separate stratum, on a representative sample, we studied the attitudes of the students in northern Kosovo to Russia, as well as other factors that were the subject of examination on the total student population in Serbia. In addition to the good general knowledge of Russia which was found, it was confirmed that Serbian students consider the Russian people close to them due to their Slavic origin and Orthodox belief and put Russia in the first place as a country toward which they have the most positive attitude.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):81-94
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Sociological Evaluation of Neighbour Countries’ Images as Perceived by Russian Students: Methodological and Content Components

Narbut N.P., Trotsuk I.V.


The article identifies the methodological peculiarities and the results of the Sociology laboratory (PFUR) “measurement” of stable stereotypes in the mass youth consciousness regarding those neighbor countries which are the closest to our country in the geopolitical context. Understanding and recognizing the arbitrariness and schematic nature of the applied instruments and the resulting content constructions, the authors, nevertheless, believe that the suggested “measurement” model may become a perfect basis in developing and implementing projects on a larger scale in terms of the questionnaire volume and sample stratification structure, the projects being aimed at the study of social representations and image-country comparisons, including other socio-cultural contexts.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):95-106
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A Study of the Ethnic Tolerance Level among the Students of PFUR in 2008—2011

Puzanova Z.V., Demidova I.I.


The article describes the studies of the level of ethnic tolerance among the students of PFUR. There is a brief description of the applied research instruments on the basis of Bogardus’ scale and the index of national distance status. The authors also analyze the data according to the level of ethnic tolerance to various ethnic groups and the changes in the students’ tolerance levels in the past four years.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):107-120
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Adaptation of Students to University Milieu: A Social-Phenomenological Analysis

Bronzino L.Y., Volchina A.E.


Phenomenological sociology, due to its specific approach to the study of society, has become the theoretical and methodological basis for analyzing a number of social phenomena, conventionally termed as “subjective”. To these phenomena we refer adaptation — a complex social-psychological process, involving the individual’s immersion into a new socio-cultural milieu and, consequently, initiating ambiguous shifts in personal development. The article describes the results of the research carried out in April, 2012 and focused on adaptation processes characteristic for PFUR students, with the analysis relying on the depth interview method within the framework of this theoretical paradigm.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):121-131
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Complex Personnel Assessment in the Organization’s Social Development System

Neverov A.V.


The high performance of modern organizations is directly connected with the personnel, their professional skills, personal, social and other characteristics. Social development management makes it possible to achieve an optimal realization of the employees' abilities and open up their potential to the full. The modern conception of organizations' social development is based on applying a wide range of aspects which impact the personnel's labor activity, which requires introducing new technologies into this process. Personnel assessment acts as an effective technique in the social development system of an organization. The article examines the program of the complex personnel assessment system, describes its methods, gives recommendations as to its application, and provides an example of its practical application.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):132-144
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The Focus-Group Method: Stages of the Research

Chekhovsky I.V.


In this article the author examines the full stage-by-stage algorithm of implementing his research based on the focus-group method and including the whole cycle — from receiving the request for research to presenting the final report. Special attention is given both to carrying out the works and procedures, and to preparing the records essential in fulfilling a practical research project.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):145-155
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RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2012;(4):156-157
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