Representations in the social space of the region

Release:

2018, Vol. 2. №4

Title: 
Representations in the social space of the region


For citation: Pisachkin V. А. 2018. “Representations in the social space of the region”. Siberian Socium, vol. 2, no 4, pp. 8-19. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2018-2-4-8-19

About the author:

Vladimir A. Pisachkin, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Ogarev Mordova State University (Saransk, Russian Federation); pisachkin@yandex.ru

Abstract:

This article studies the urgent issues of applying the social space theory to regional sociological research. The representation space along with the semantic structure expresses the symbolic and substantive aspects of the region’s topology. This article aims to understand the essence and factors of social states, relations, and the spatial development dynamics using representations and comparing traditional and new practices. The uniqueness of this approach lies in analyzing the problems, which occur when shaping a sociological approach to ideological, economic, social, and cultural practices and technologies, aimed at influencing the public consciousness in social, communicational, informational, discursive, and other representative contexts. The author evaluates communities’ changes by applying the social space theory and social topology as a methodological approach for studying the social reality (which includes its conditions’ dynamics, features of urban and rural settlements, as well as ethnic and socio-cultural processes). The current interpretations of representation cover a range of meanings, including representations or images, reproductions of a presentation, its repetition, and substitution. Representation, therefore, serves as an ideal object, since it interacts with the process of social communications in reproducing the structure of repetitions. Methodological interpretations of representation are numerous as they employ a wide spectrum of many “topological” interpretations of social phenomena in the regional life. Regional representation materializes in different versions of social space and identifies regional interaction as a close semantic connection, acting as an important condition for the society’s integration and consolidation.

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