Nadezhda Lebedeva, Tenured Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
John Berry, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Canada.
Internal ethnic diversity and active foreign immigration contribute the formation of multiculturalism in modern Russia. Russian culture is gradually changing, and a civil (national) identity is forming among the population of Russia. However, the formation of national identity at individual and group levels does not always runs smoothly. Low level of national (civic) identity in the high importance of ethnic and religious identity among representatives of various ethnic and cultural groups in the multicultural country poses a threat to its integrity and may lead to intergroup, interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts (e.g., between ethnic/religious and ethnic/civil identity). This raises the need to identify socio-psychological determinants of balance (at the individual and group levels) between the consevation of ethnic culture and its inevitable change in the process of mutual acculturation of different ethnic groups within a single multicultural country.
To understand the mechanisms and outcomes of integration of migrants into the host society is extremely important to study, in particular, and psychological factors that contribute to achievement of socio-economic position in the process of acculturation. This enable migrants to participate fully in social and economic life of the host country.
The authors of the project plan to implement an integrated approach to the analysis of factors affecting the conservation and change of the interacting cultures: the national culture (the culture of the dominant majority) and ethnic culture (culture of ethnic minorities). The study of socio-psychological factors influencing the interaction of ethnic and national on the individual and group levels, is extremely relevant for modern Russia and neighboring post-Soviet countries.
In Russia there are more than 200 ethnic groups who speak more than 130 languages. Migration, ethnicity and language are key components of cultural change. However, the influence of these factors on educational achievement of children in modern Russia are little studed.
The goal of this project is to identify socio-psychological factors (identity, interethnic attitudes, social beliefs, values) that contribute to achieving integration between ethnic minorities and ethnic majority in the former Soviet Union. .
J.Berry, V.Galyapina, D. Grigoryev, L.Grigoryan, M. Drobovtseva, M. Klyass, M. Kotova, N.Lebedeva, Z.Lepshokova, A. Lipatova, O.Poluektova, T.Ryabichenko, A. Tatarko, E. Tovar-García, I. Rezvanova.
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