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The Values and Social Identity of Russian Muslims

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Abstract

In this chapter the results of a cross-cultural empirical study of value orientations and social identity among Russian Muslims living in the North Caucasus are described. The study involved 1713 respondents with different ethnic backgrounds, who provided data on their cultural value orientations, ethnic identity, and ethnic affiliations. The results are discussed in light of the collectivist nature of Muslim societies of the North Caucasus as well as age-related specifics of culture, values, ethnic, religious, and civil features of social identity.

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  • Islam
  • Muslims
  • Values
  • Social identity

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Notes

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    Most often the term “ethnos” refers to a historically constituted, stable population of people with common objective or subjective features, including origin, a common language, culture, economy, the area of residence, identity, appearance, mentality, etc. From the point of view of social psychology, ethnos is seen as a sustainable group of people who identify themselves as the group members based on criteria perceived as ethno-differentiating (Stefanenko, 2006).

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    Names of titular ethnic groups are used in the formation of names of the corresponding republics.

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    For example, for the Chechen republic, “the losses incurred in the course of two wars, comparable in relative terms with the losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War.” Cit. Po: Severnyj Kavkaz: slozhnosti integracii (I), jetnichnost’ i konflikt. Doklad № 220 (Evropa)—19 oktjabrja 2012. S. 16. (Op. By: North Caucasus: the complexity of the integration (I), ethnicity and conflict. Report number 220 (Europe)—October 19, 2012. 16 pp.).

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Pavlova, O. (2018). The Values and Social Identity of Russian Muslims. In: Lebedeva, N., Dimitrova, R., Berry, J. (eds) Changing Values and Identities in the Post-Communist World . Societies and Political Orders in Transition. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72616-8_6

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