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'Image' of the past and present in the symbolic consciousness of Russians

русская версия

Опубликовано на портале: 10-07-2005
Тематический раздел:
The paper is based on field surveys carried out in Petersburg and - for comparison - in a Siberian township of Izhmorsk. Authorized methods of content analysis and semantic differentials were used. The past - soviet period - was evaluated in the surveys as 'the time of politics' and 'of confidence in the future'. In contrast, the current time is seen as time of 'economics' and 'of reedom'. 'Party', 'queues', 'salary', 'communism', and 'stability' were found to be the foremost symbols for the past, while 'freedom', 'unemployment', 'war in Chechenia', 'democracy', and 'perestroika' - for the present respectively.