The Contemporary Context of Youth Socialization: The Specificity of Post-Communist Countries
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Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Publication date: 2017-06-20
Polish Sociological Review 2017;198(2):167–188
The article focuses on the attempt to define socialization specificity in post-communist countries without which the understanding the youth’s characteristics and (in particular) their role in further system transformation is limited. We reconstruct the new logic in creation of a socio-cultural space in which the youth grow up (emphasizing the importance of national trajectories of departing from communism, and on the other, inevitability of globalization with its specific cultural offer). Socialization space is seen as a Lewin’s active field of coexisting, interdependent social facts through focusing on such significant socialization agendas as: the mass media, the state, religions and Churches, the school, the family, peers and the internet. The style in which these agendas appear in the socialization field increases its dimorphic nature, which in turn will not support the youth socialization, and it seems not to generate the conditions for the young generation of a historical chance.