Pakhar' Anna Mikhaylovna, Researcher, Information and Analytical Center, St. Tikhon's Orthodox University of Humanities (9 Ilovayskaya street, Moscow, Russia), email@example.com
Background. Russia in the 1990s experienced a serious crisis that transformed the activities of public institutions, the life of each and every family member. In society, there was a decline of culture, degradation of education and training systems, crisis of moral values. In search of ways to stabilize the shaky foundations the state began active interaction with the Russian Orthodox Church, resulting in establishing orthodox schools, universities and academies. Thus, there is a new social group revealed in Russia- Orthodox youth, appearing to be a byway in sociology. It is necessary to explore the ideals of an Orthodox young man/woman, his/her values, goals, to understand the ways to integrate him/her into the system of market relations, the changes he/she will bring to the company with the set of values presented in him/her. For this it is necessary to explore his/her life path. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine the characteristics of the Orthodox way of personality’s life course of a student of modern Russia in terms of values and life strategies.
Materials and methods. The purpose of the study was achieved due to the powerful theoretical and methodological basis of the study. Starting with a detailed analysis of the theoretical concepts of sociology of personality and sociology of life course, expanding research in the field of personality by social psychologists and analyzing the developments by American sociologists of life course, the author built fundamental research models.
Results. The study of the life course of Orthodox young people reveals the similarity of their life events, significant events in the life and "significant others". The work reveals personality traits fostered by the Orthodox faith and its practices through which Orthodox young people assess their environment; the study presents their strategies and values inextricably linked with the evangelic values. The paper presents the diversity of cultural consumption by the youth, denotes problems of finding matches of cultural practices by the hierarchies of values and gives recommendations for cultural consumption of the mass media.
Conclusions. The study of personality’s life course of the Orthodox students of modern Russia reveals the causes and nature of differences in values, attitudes, behaviors, life strategies of Orthodox youth from secular youth.
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