Mentality as a Principle of Designing Public Participation Unique Forms in the Development of Civil Society in the Irkutsk Region

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2018, Vol. 2. №2

Title: 
Mentality as a Principle of Designing Public Participation Unique Forms in the Development of Civil Society in the Irkutsk Region


For citation: Grabelnykh T. I. 2018. “Mentality as a Principle of Designing Public Participation Unique Forms in the Development of Civil Society in the Irkutsk Region”. Siberian Socium, vol. 2, no 2, pp. 33-44. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2018-2-2-33-44

About the author:

Tatyana I. Grabelnykh, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Head of Sociology Laboratory for Regional Issues and Innovations, Institute of Social Sciences; Professor, Department of Social Philosophy and Sociology, Irkutsk State University; ORCID: 0000-0003-3158-2878tagr@bk.ru

Abstract:

This work considers mentality as the principle of designing public participation unique forms in the development of civil society in a particular region. The author substantiates the importance of developing a special approach to understanding “institutional matrices” and their essential features in the development of civil society structures. She argues that in the conditions of growing threats and challenges, the mentality is increasingly becoming “instrumental”, and mobilising the population’s mental potential by integrating regional development actors into the mechanisms of public participation is indicative of the progressive character of the development of civil society. The main results and conclusions presented in the article are based on the data of complex sociological studies conducted in the Irkutsk Region in 2008-2018. The author proves that public participation is not a social project that is widely implemented in these years in the region. Involvement of the active part of population and civil leaders of public organizations in new public structures is seen as one of the main ways of developing of public participation unique forms.

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