Article 11413

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                                          ANALYSIS OF ADDRESSES TO AUTHORITIES AS AN INSTRUMENT                                           OF RESEARCH OF SOCIOCULTURAL ATTITUDES OF CITIZENS 


Vorob'ev Vladimir Pavlovich, Doctor of sociological sciences, professor, sub-department of public administration and regional sociology, Penza State University (40 Krasnaya street, Penza, Russia),
Yurina Yuliya Gennad'evna, Applicant, Penza State University (40 Krasnaya street, Penza, Russia), 

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303.64 (316.628+316.653) 


Background. As the importance of sociological data in the process of social relations management there occurs a problem of searching adequate methods of of people’s sociocultural attitude analysis. The traditional methods of empirical data collection (muss survey, first of all) sometimes are incapable of displaying the complexity and ambiguity of social attitudes of population. In such conditions it is necessary to pay attention to alternative methods of primary sociological data collection. The research is aimed at revealing a heuristic value of the analysis of citizens addresses to the authorities as a method of revealing a number of population social attitude peculiarities typical for one or another social group of one or another period of country’s historical development etc.
Materials and methods. The article uses the historical analysis of the researched phenomenon as well as compares such sociological methods as mass survey and the analysis of citizens’ addresses to the authorities. In the sense of methodology the authors used the theory of civil culture by G. Almond and S. Verba.
Results. The study shows some weaknesses of public surveys as a source of sociological data in comparison with the method of citizens’ addresses analysis (implicit construction of public opinion, focus on researching the “surface” ayers of the system of social attitude). The authors analyzed the interconnection between citizens’ addresses to the authorities and the sociocultural specifics of one or another period of Russian society development. The analysis was used to demonstrate the possibility of specifying the typology by Almond and Verba.
Conclusions. There is a direct dependence between the level and nature of population’s social activity and a typical content of citizens’ addresses to the authorities. The analysis of such addresses allows better understanding and forecasting both the level and the specificity of social activity of the population and its actual attitude to the authorities. 

Key words

citizens’ addresses to the authorities, relationship between the authorities and the society, social attitudes, researches of public opinion.

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