MOROZOVA G.V. Student Youth: Dynamics of Political Interests (Regional Aspect)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2015.6.16

Galina Viktorovna Morozova

Doctor of Sciences (Economics), Professor, Head of Department of Public Relations and Applied Political Science,

Kazan Federal University

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Kremlevskaya St., 18, 420008 Kazan, Russian Federation


Abstract. The article presents the main results of the research of interests and political orientations of student youth which was carried out in 2014 at the Kazan federal university and its branches in the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan. The choice of student youth as a reference group is caused by a number of factors, among which we should name the status of intellectual elite, social and political mobility that allows to consider students as the potential actors of socio-political transformations in the country. The data obtained during poll compared with the results of last research allow defining the dynamics of development of student youth’s political sentiment in the region.

The study of political attitudes, preferences of students was based on the identification of a number of indicators (degree of interest in politics, the level of personal involvement in political life) and on the study of factors that determine the motivation of political behavior of students.

Empirical studies make it possible to rank the problems that dominate the political consciousness of students in the region. These include a high level of corruption in the government, inflation, rising prices, the state of health and education systems and the growing income inequality. Particular attention is accented on the problems associated with the foreign policy aspects, threats, aggression from abroad.

The study showed that most young people’s interest in politics is limited primarily by informational level, rarely they have desire to express their own position or judgments in political situations. The level of real political participation, socio-political activity of students is low. Obtained results let us notice the increasing trend of demonstration of protest behavior among certain part of the students.

Key words: student youth, behavior models, political interests, civil consciousness, patriotic sentiment.

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