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Ethnic Identity and Cultural Value Orientations of Moldavian Youth in Transitional Society

  • Irina Caunenco
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Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)

Abstract

The chapter explores the ethnic identity and cultural values of Moldovan youth in a new social reality, i.e., in the Republic of Moldova as an independent state. The sample consisted of 200 students from Chisinau aged from 18 to 25 years (М = 20.5; SD = 1.19). The results showed a positive ethnic identity in Moldovan youth, a positive ethnic self-stereotype, and a positive hetero-stereotype (Russians). A closeness between self-stereotypes and hetero-stereotypes of Russians is also identified, which can be explained through a lasting peaceful coexistence of Moldovans with other ethnic groups in such a multicultural state as the Republic of Moldova. The results on ethnic group preferences of Moldovan youth reveal their high awareness of preferences toward their own group, the Russians and Ukrainians. The research of cultural value orientations of the young Moldovans revealed a high importance of egalitarianism (equity) and mastery, and less important was hierarchy.

Keywords

Ethnic identity Ethnic stereotype Self-stereotype Hetero-stereotype Ethnic markers Hierarchy of ethnic preferences Cultural distance Ethnic majority Cultural value orientation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academy of Sciences of MoldovaChisinauRepublic of Moldova

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