Features of Ethnic Identity of Russians: Research Issues and Perspectives

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Abstract

The author focuses on the issues related to Russian ethnic identity and its exploration within the context of Russian national integration concept development. The specifics of the Russian ethnic identity can be seen, for instance, in the low levels of verbalization of the ethnonym, which, in turn, suggests weak national identity. This very feature finds sufficient proof in the outcomes of the author’s own long-term research as well as in the data obtained in other studies. In this paper, the author makes an attempt to fully analyse the phenomenon in the following ways: from the historical perspective; in the context of collective memory of Russians; in the framework of the theory of social representations. The author also stresses the necessity of multidimensional logical analysis of such ambiguous psychological phenomena as ethnic identity, ethnic self-consciousness, and the criteria of their development levels.

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Keywords: ethnic identity, civil identity, ethnic consciousness, collective memory, verbalization, implicit construct, ‘I - image’, ‘We - image’, multidimensional logic

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Stepanova G.S. Features of Ethnic Identity of Russians: Research Issues and Perspectives. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2012. Vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 41–52. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Galina S. Stepanova, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the Chair of General and Educational Psychology, Voronezh State Pedagogical University, Voronezh, Russia, e-mail: gsstepanova@mail.ru

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