Theoretical foundations of studying the emotional phenomena of social inequality in contemporary Russia


2018, Vol. 2. №3

Theoretical foundations of studying the emotional phenomena of social inequality in contemporary Russia

For citation: Nemirovsky V. G. 2018. “Theoretical foundations of studying the emotional phenomena of social inequality in contemporary Russia”. Siberian Socium, vol. 2, no 3, pp. 16-26. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2018-2-3-16-26

About the author:

Valentin G. Nemirovsky, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Editor-in-Chief of Siberian Socium, University of Tyumen (Tyumen, Russian Federation);


This article rationalises a sociological analysis of the emotional phenomena of social inequality in contemporary Russia. The author refers to emotional experiences, states, and feelings (moral feelings in particular), as well as basic emotions. This problem involves the lack of generally accepted theoretical approaches to the study of various emotional forms of social inequality (which is one of the most acute problems) in the contemporary Russian sociology. As shown by numerous empirical studies, the most of the country’s population perceive it very painfully and emotionally. At the same time, Russian sociologists are actively studying individual emotional phenomena, which includes social fears and a sense of satisfaction/dissatisfaction with life. However, this does not belong to the context of the sociology of emotions, which has been actively included in world practice for several decades. This article discusses a number of western theoretical approaches that exist in this subject area, and which could benefit a sociological analysis of the emotional phenomena of social inequality in Russia. In particular, the author follows the opinion of R. Thamm, who believes that there is an emotional stratification in the society, which results from socio-structural differentiation. According to the approach by J. H. Turner, emotions are unevenly distributed valuable social resources, and they are one of the foundations of social stratification. In addition, according to Turner, the emotional division in society is similar to other types of social and economic inequality. In conclusion, the analysis of emotional phenomena of social inequality opens up new perspectives for the development of existing approaches to the analysis of social inequality in Russia.


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