The social unit in self-organization and self-government of transforming Russia


2020, Vol. 4. № 1 (11)

The social unit in self-organization and self-government of transforming Russia

For citation: Salokhin N. P. 2020. ‘The social unit in self-organization and self-government of transforming Russia’. Siberian Socium, vol. 4, no. 1 (11), pp. 48-58. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2020-4-1-48-58

About the author:

Nikolay P. Salokhin, Cand. Sci. (Philos.), Professor, Department of Government and Municipal Control, Customs Affairs, Omsk State Technical University (Omsk, Russian Federation);


This article considers the problem of the social from the perspective of human functioning in the context of developing self-organization and self-government in the society. The formation of the civil society in transforming Russia has been delayed largely due to the lack of developed subjectivity at both the individual and municipal levels. The weakness of civil initiatives reveals the reasons for the lack of demand for self-order, self-organization, and self-government in particular. The purpose of this article is to examine the role of the human being as a social unit in the processes of self-organization and self-government of transforming Russia. The author identifies three interpenetrating and complementary levels of existence in the system of social management, in accordance with their importance. These three levels are distinct in personifications and the maturity of the individual-personal, and they include the level of individual personality, the level of objective social communities, and the society-wide level. The results show that the institution of self-government is generated by social communications. Its social multi-factor nature is constantly influenced by both the society and the individual, as well as by objective factors of a non-anthropogenic nature. The author suggests using a social-synergetic approach for this problem. This approach to the study of social processes allows us to apply the methods of exact and natural sciences in addition to sociological and philosophical concepts and technologies, which results in a more detailed picture of social development. This article focuses on the local territorial community, which is a key link in social processes. The social as a whole is a universal reality that reveals the meaning of the unit of the society as an ultimate universal that personifies the activity of a certain type or group of public relations. The author concludes that the social unit in the processes of self-organization and self-government in Russian society is a person who represents the society in all the diversity of its hierarchy and social communications. According to the author, the positive experience of previous eras remains outside of management efforts. The asymmetry of development reproduces social contradictions in the fundamental spheres of life.


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