SPSU’s Center for Sociological and Internet Research presents the results of a survey of residents of St.Petersburg and Leningrad region.
According to the survey results, city residents as well as residents of Leningrad region are concerned about the condition of the Russian speech, Russian language in Russia. Three-quarters (75,8%) of respondents surveyed in St.Petersburg expressed concern about the Russian language. Among survey respondents in Leningrad region, slightly fewer respondents (69,3%) reported their concern. Compared to respondents in other categories, more women and elder people, especially those aged 60 and above, were worried about the condition of the Russian speech.


Ganskau E. Yu., Minina V. N., Semenova G. I., Gronov J. E.

Journal of sociology and social antropology

Volume XVII, № 1 (72), 2014


Everyday Eating Practices of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast citizens

This article describes the key findings of the empirical study on contemporary eating practices conducted by the authors in 2013. The study is based on the case of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast residents. The data were gathered through face-to-face interviews conducted at respondents’ homes with 800 people representative by age, gender, education, occupation and household type.
Following theoretical approach applied by the Nordic researchers (Kjærnes, Ekström, Gronow, Holm, Mäkelä) the authors consider eating event a basic concept for studying everyday eating activity. This concept involves three dimensions: the eating patterns, the meal format, and the social organization of eating.
Everyday eating is described from the point of its content, structure, time and place on the example of an ordinary weekday. Also, some references to traditional eating models in Russia have been made.

The results of the study make evident that many traditional traits are reproduced in today’s eating. The respondents are far from “gastro-anomy” ideas and prefer ration and regime tested by generations. Changes in food content and eating organization related to globalization have not changed Russians’ practices of food consumption in a significant way. Most likely, contemporary food culture in Russia remains quite traditional.

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Practice of state and church in social assistance to family and children in modern Russia (on the matirials of Saint Petersburg): Collective monograph / ed. by A.N.Voronov, E.A.Voronova. – St. Petersburg: "Scyphia-print", 2013 

This collective monoghraph was prepared by scientists of St. Petersburg State University together with the practices of St. Petersburg, The Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Russian Federation, and the St. Petersburg Diocese. The edition is a result of two years of research work on the topic of "Social practices of state and church in social assistance to family and children". 

The monoghraph is divided into thematic sections. The first section exemines the current state of social assistance to family and children by public systems. The second section exemines the provisioning of social assistance to family and children in the parishes if the Diocese of St. Petersburg Russian Orthodox Church.



Ivanov S.A., Snopova S.M.

Priorities of development of Personnel Potential for the Innovation Economy of regions in Russia

Perspective for the development of Russia and Germany as members of the WTO. Collection of scientific articles / Under edidorship Sovershaeva L.P. SPB.: GUAP, 2013. Р. 38-40.

The article analyze problems of staffing of the scientific and innovative sphere. Presents the results of assessment of the factors which are slowing down involvement of university graduates in the science and innovations sphere. The conclusion: the negative transformation of social and economic space, crisis in economy are factors for reducing of motivation of youth to innovative activity. As well, the scientific and innovative sphere isn't ready to provide the necessary conditions for graduates: high salary, conditions for researches, clear prospects of career development, etc. Recommendations for involving graduates to the scientific and innovative sphere are submitted.

According to the survey conducted by SPSU using a representative country sample, over three quarters (77.5%) of Russians consider themselves happy. The differences in assessment of happiness between men and women are not significant. However, age influence is evident: the older the respondent is, the less likely he/she thinks of himself/herself as of a happy person. An overwhelming majority (86.9%) of respondents 18-29 years old think of themselves as of happy people. Among those 60 years old and above, 65% of respondents consider themselves happy. At the same time, the number of respondents who refused to provide an answer increases with age. The survey shows that residents from rural settlements feel the happiest: 81% of these respondents report being happy. However, there is no clear pattern between the type of settlement and the way people think whether they are happy or unhappy. Fewer respondents who are happiest (74.1%) and more respondents who are the least happy (17.9%) reside in urban-type settlements and cities with population of less than 20 thousand people.