Generational change of personal social space: the case of Estonia
Insitute of Journalism and Communication University of Tartu Tartu, Estonia
This paper explores the personal social space of inhabitants in Estonia. The author analyzes survey data and uses variables about the perception of distances with different countries, and contacts with these countries (face-to-face, or mediated contacts). The multidimensional scaling approach is used for comparing patterns of personal social space of different generations. The analysis suggests a hypothesis that among the older generation, personal social space is shaped primarility by institutional factors (e.g. the media, tourism). Among younger generation, the formation of personal social space is more autonomous with regard to media than in the case of older generations, and rather based on personal social networks. The analysis also demonstrates that the symbolic division of the world (geographical like east-west, and "iideological" like Baltic-Nordic, Russia-USA) shapes the imagined generational spaces and people?s thinking patterns about "others".