Northern cities’ Sociology: From stereotypes to reality

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.12 Creating knowledge and developing practices:Arctic citizen science in quality education and decent work
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Vladislav Zasypkin (Surgut State Pedagogical University, Russian Federation)
Abstract text

Stereotypes of northern Russian cities in contemporary socio-political discourse is a debatable question. They are most often represented as monotowns with depressed economy and a complex socio-cultural situation. 


Severe  climate conditions, the destruction of the social infrastructure, the outflow of population – is an incomplete list of problems that we can see in the headlines of Russian and the Western press.


In addition to all the facts mentioned, there is unenviable historical backround in northern cities.


In this regard, the development of northern cities and territories always remains an urgent topic for modern Russia. This topic has also been an important one for sociology. At the same time, the reality is somewhat different.


Sociology of the northern cities is a direction that has received its intensive distribution in the USSR in connection with the active development of the North and also after its decay. But it did not become a permanent research site.


In modern Russia, the situation has changed dramatically in the sense that sociology began to work in the North not remotely and sporadically, but settled on a constant basis. In the focus of sociologists there are many regional problems. The image of northern territories is changing, northern cities are becoming more and more comfortable for living. But new problems arise and they need to be identified and addressed to. It is difficult to overestimate the role of sociology in this process. It will help to diagnose a variety of problems of modern northern society in Russia, investigate them.

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