9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS13 Re-Assessing Class in Contemporary Sociology

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Class After Communism: Inequalities and Lifestyles in East European Societies Building I, 1E11

Urban youth from wealthier families: A way of life

Elite has always been considered difficult to empirical study. Therefore, quantitative assessment of this group has to get on indirect signs. One of these signs is a way of life, and in particular, demonstrative idleness and demonstrative consumption.
This social group is stable in Russian society there is at least 10-15 years, and this time the generation of a people for whom an idle life style has become accessible from childhood, as well as consumption of a particular kind - demonstrative consumption. Idleness has become a model of behavior for a given social group, and it also forms one of the criteria for its separation. Based on the idea of T. Veblen that demonstrative idleness is possible to maintain a recognizable image in the eyes of others, we have conducted its own investigation.
The empirical object of study is young people (17-25 y/o/) from wealthier families, which most of the time do not work and / or do not study.
The aim of our study was the study of demonstrative forms idle pastime of young people from wealthier families, in terms of social reproduction of a specific lifestyle. This objective involves the following tasks:
1) determine what activities constitute the lifestyle of young people from wealthier families (in particular, to examine the budget of the time: how they spend their time, depending on time of day, season, etc.)
2) to examine the main types of idle time (not related to work or school).
3) examine the perception of young their lifestyle as special.
4) learn how to lounge becomes the criterion for the identification of young people from wealthier families, ie becomes a status / group characteristics of high yield social stratum.