Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: The City of Sevastopol as Part of Russia / Problems of Adaptation and Possibilities of Socio-Political Development (Based on Qualitative Research Materials)

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 4
Podyachev, Kirill V.
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Podyachev, Kirill V.:Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences 24/35, Krzhizhanovsky str., Building 5, Moscow, 117218, Russia; E-mail:
political science; sociology; Sevastopol; “Russian spring”; civil society; adaptation; social development; integration; activism; value system

Based on the data obtained during a field survey in June 2015, the article focuses on a number of socio-political problems the city of Sevastopol faced after its accession to the Russian Federation. The author provides examples of the difficulties that arose in the process of Sevastopol citizens’ adaptation to a new institutional environment. These are the problems of split in managerial elite, party system instability, local self-government disruption, rejection of a set of educational innovations by the pedagogical community, entrepreneurs’ discontent, etc. At the same time the article shows that a key feature of Sevastopol was not affected in the course of adaptation, the feature being a strong corporate spirit and values resulting from pride for the city’s heroic history. Thus, reunification of Sevastopol with Russia led to significant institutional changes, which caused some socio-economic difficulties, but all these transformations did not affect the value system of Sevastopol, and they even strengthened it in fact. So, there is every reason to believe that adaptation difficulties will be overcome, and, the policy being reasonable, further development of Sevastopol can be quite successful

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