Russian Youth: Mobilities, Inequalities and Life Chances
Our paper addresses the growing phenomenon of social mobility which has become a core motif of the modern society and numerous “new” and “old” inequalities forming the social structure of the Russian society. The theoretical grounds of the research are the classical and the modern social theories concerning social inequality and mobility. We elaborate the “integral” approach to the social inequality which appeals simultaneously the objective characteristics and to the person’s perception of his social position and the inequality phenomenon. The paper is based on the desk study of the Russian youth, its problems, choices, social identification, ways of life and on the data of the author’s sociological on-line survey of 400 young people at the age of 18-35 years old. I’ll present the results of the research showing the influence of the becoming of non-linear inequality on the social mobility and life chances of youth in Russia.