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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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On the Question of Religious Identity: Cross-Cultural Analysis from the Perspective of Theory of Psychosocial Development 967


Ilyin V.A.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia

The author addresses the issue of formation and development of the institute of religion in Russian society in the context of the theory of psychosocial development. With Orthodox Christianity as an example of a dominating confession in Russia, the paper analyzes the functionality of the institute from the perspective of its ability to support basic trust in the society. As it is shown, in the process of cultural-historical development Russian Orthodox Christianity has actually lost its initial institutional vitality and nowadays mostly fulfills the role of ideological support for the state. The author further illustrates the main stages and reasons of such transformation with concrete historical facts exploring the matter from the point of view of the psychosocial approach to development.

Keywords: identity, psychosocial development, religion, basic social institute

Column: Theoretical Research

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