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Sanna Turoma
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Kaarina Aitamurto
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Maarit Elo-Valente
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Miikka Piiroinen
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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Elena Omelchenko (Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Yana Krupets (Higher School of Economics, Russia):

Nadya Nartova (Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Panel abstract: Cultural Contexts, Generations and Young People in Contemporary Russia

Young people are one of the main targets of the current Russian state politics in the number of areas. The most influential expectations of state agents are that young people are patriotic and active in the childbearing. The general weak youth policies are contrasting to the emerging educational programs and projects which are supported by state and aimed to promote the correct way of the understanding of things among young people in Russia. The culture is becoming the source of images, references, moral pressure, inspirations which is used by different educational agents and state structures. As response and challenge to this young people are developing own interpretations or resistance cultural symbols. We are observing how this cultural forms are accommodating or manifesting different political or civic positions of young people. There are several social dimensions which we can explore in order to understand these landscapes of cultural preferences of young people in Russia.

In this panel we are proposing to focus on one of them which is the formation of age cohorts or generations both within young people population and along youth/adults differentiation. The presentations in this panel are based on the materials of the recent three different qualitative sociological empirical studies conducted in St.Petersburg. They are exploring three areas of the everyday life of young people which are memory cultures*, body images** and work cultures***. These three areas have been chosen in order to represent different structures and logics of the emergence, differentiation, juxtaposition of cultural forms in generations of young people and their parents. The advantage of the bringing together these three different areas is that we can provide the more broader picture of the cultural contexts of the generations. Among the issues which will be explored are: family memory cultures and the transmission of memory to younger generation; new work cultures as response to the challenges of the transforming economical relations; body self images in the context of neo-conservative turn in Russia.

The term of generation is used here as the concept which refer to the particular social and cultural contexts, crucial events, which leave the mark on the contemporaries and being incorporated by them. We suppose that the different age cohorts of young people represent the different cultural preferences not only due to the stage of life circle but also because of the formation of generational markers which reflect the changing social environment and the level of distancing from soviet past. This and other questions will be explored by the panelists in the context of current social and political situation inside and around Russia.


*Elena Omelchenko: Does Soviet Matter? State Politics and Family Memory Cultures: Young People and Their (Grand) Parents - The presentation is based on the 60 in depth interviews with young people and 20 intergenerational interviews (Memory, youth, political legacy and civic engagement, funded by EC, FP7 framework, 2011-20)

**Nadya Nartova: Elusive Youthfulness: Biopower and Construction of Age by Two Cohorts of Chronologically Young Women - The presentation is based on 40 interviews with young women ( project Age at work: construction of age by young women supported by the National Research University Higher School of Economics' Academic Fund Program in 2014/2015).

***Yana Krupets: Work Cultures and Meanings of Work for Two Generations of Russian Youth - The presentation is based on 60 biographic interviews collected with young people in two age groups («Youth solidarities and generations of XXI century: meaning of work and consumption, 2014, Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics)