Traditional Way of Living as a Life Strategy of Youth of Northern Communities

Lead Author Klavdiia, Barashkova
Institution Contact Finance and Economics Institute, NEFU the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yakutsk, Lenin prospekt 1
Theme Theme 3: Local and Traditional Knowledge
Session Name 3.2 Local and traditional knowledge in supporting business and community development in indigenous regions of the North
Presentation Type Poster
Abstract text Research of youth socialization problems, studying its values, cultural conditions as a factor of personality formation and development in the context of preservation of traditional way of living, identity development, and preservation of ethnic integrity is especially relevant.

In the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) there are 70 areas of compact living of indigenous people of the Northern Yakutia. 38 schools (including nomadic) of 67 general education schools in areas of compact living of indigenous people of the North have conditions for teaching indigenous languages and traditional culture.

Our sociological research on the topic “Socialization particularities of high school students of the artic uluses (regions) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in modern conditions” covers the period from 2005 to 2016. The main research goal is to monitor socialization factors of high school students in the context of changing traditional way of living of indigenous people.

The empirical basis for research are surveys undertaken in cities of Yakutsk, Nerungry, Yengrinskiy evenk national district of Nerungry region, Belletskiy evenk national district of Aldanskiy region, Momskiy even national district of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia. Research objects were school youth of ages from 15 to 17 from indigenous people of the North.

One of the main tasks of the sociological survey is the need to purposefully forecast the ways for restoration and development of sociocultural values and traditions of northern communities. The research also aims to reveal life strategies of youth, and how the youth sees its perspectives in the changing world.

During the course of the research the influence of the state, family, and media on the youth as main social institutes are updated. The research of high school students’ values shows that for the most part the youth of northern communities preserves national identity, continues to adhere to the culture and traditions of their community, and is ready to continue traditional activities of their parents.