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Irina Rannak (Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia)

Socio-cultural Identification of Russian-speaking Population of Estonia in the Evolution of Tourism Activity

The goal of this presentation is to show the socio-cultural identification of Russian-speaking population of Estonia in the process of socio-cultural practices of Estonian tourism, starting with its origins, in other words, in the Estonian tourism period of the first Republic of Estonia (20-30 years of XX century), its recent history as a Soviet-style tourism, up to modern tourism as a factor of the Republic of Estonia constructing personal behavioral strategies of the intelligentsia of the Russian community, which is a part of Estonian society. Here is being presented the etymology of representatives of this small community within Estonian society: from the descendants of the Old Believers, 17th century, coming up to the population of the former Soviet Union until the early 10's of this century. Informants were people from 36 to 80 years of age, born or living in Estonia almost their entire adult lives, characterized by gender and education. During the interview each person was asked to refer to the earliest personal memories of travel experience, to recall the practice of their parents and, if possible, their ancestors, in order to obtain a more complete picture of the Estonian tourism in the above mentioned periods. Each informant, due to his or hers particularity gave their unique impressions and interpreted their practice differently. The consequence of any experience is an internal change that leads to radical changes in personality, changes in identity. According to the analysis of the interviews, it is possible that we are now seeing a return to Tourism - Travel, i.e. the knowledge of the inner self, the search for identity.