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DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B13/S03.110

REPRESENTATION OF “ENEMY” AND "DANGER" IN CONSCIOUSNESS OF VARIOUS RUSSIAN GENERATIONS

D. Vygovskaia
Thursday 29 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2016, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-72-8 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24-31 August, 2016, Book 1 Vol. 3, 841-848 pp, DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B13/S03.110

ABSTRACT
Of vital importance for any modern society is considering the image of the enemy, but this image will be different for various linguocultures depending on the specific location, time and circumstances.
The article deals with the senses that Russians mean by "enemy" and "danger". The aim of our study was to verbalize the contents of these concepts in today’s Russian linguoculture, as well as to detect changes in these contents in connection with the transformations in Russian society. It was important to consider these concepts’ representation in linguistic consciousness of different generations: young people whose socialization was under capitalism (the 20-year-olds); Russian citizens whose socialization was under socialism and capitalism (the 40-year-olds); the older generation of Russians whose socialization was under socialism (60-year-olds). The results of different experiments such as free association method, cluster analysis method and semantic gestalt allow understanding similarities and differences in fears, concerns and “enemy” image of various generations of Russians. The enemy, according to all participants, is a rival, a criminal, an alien. The main types of criminals are maniacs, bullies and terrorists, and ordinary people can have a real experience with bullies, while the interaction with maniacs and terrorists may be indirect, through the mass media, for example. Significant feature of Russian linguoculture representatives is their readiness to take decisive action when meeting with the enemy. Young people tend to have the greatest degree of aggression.

Keywords: linguistic consciousness, free association method, enemy, danger, Russians.

PAPER DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B13/S03.110 ; REPRESENTATION OF “ENEMY” AND "DANGER" IN CONSCIOUSNESS OF VARIOUS RUSSIAN GENERATIONS

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