Release:2018, Vol. 2. №2
About the author:Irina G. Sinkovskaya, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Sociology, Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology (Krasnoyarsk); firstname.lastname@example.org
This article studies the modern Russian society from the perspective of sociological theory of risk. The definition of social risks and the description of their characteristics are given, different types of risk-solidarity are considered as ways of adapting to risks. The typology of social risks is identified and described. Special attention is paid to poverty as a social phenomenon that produces a riskogenic environment and forms threats on different levels of society. Among the low-income social groups, the author choses as an object of the study an incomplete family with minor children with women in charge, whose income lies at the level of the living minimum. Such family is considered as being in a special “borderline state”, which makes it the most exposed to personal and social risks. Furthermore, the obtained empirical data show actual social risks of the women in charge of incomplete families. The features of these representations are shown. The dominant locus of control is detected. The basic practices of self-preservation behaviour, aimed at protecting against expected threats, are revealed. The analysis has highlighted the main types of socio-psychological reactions to the risk. The proposals for social protection of this category of family are formulated.