Inequality of the Russian Population: Quality of Life and a Preferred Social Order

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 11:45 AM
Room: 419
Distributed Paper
Yurii AVERIN , Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Vladimir DOBRENKOV , Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Ekaterina DOBRENKOVA , Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Contemporary state of social inequality is especially dependent on level of life quality. Our analysis shows that interconnections between social inequality and quality of life influence people's view of social order. Based on sociological surveys across Russia, analysis shows the current state of social inequality in the country depending on type of settlement and region. Used synergetic method showed different preferences of Russian citizens towards different types of social order, including social democracy, liberal democracy and "middle" type and their dependences on quality of life in these regions and settlements. Unequal social positions of different groups correlates with their choice of social order and, therefore, ways of increasing their quality of life. According to the theory the higher is the person's quality of life the less probabilty is there for him to change social order. But this pattern is non-linear and multidimensional which current survey tends to prove.