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Sofia Lopatinaa, Veronica Kostenkob, Eduard Ponarinb (

a Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

b Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Citation: Lopatina S., Kostenko V, Ponarin E. (2019) Natsional'naya gordost' i tsennosti individual'nogo vybora v 10 postsovetskikh stranakh [National Pride and Individual-Choice Attitudes in Ten Post-Soviet Countries]. Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsialnoy antropologii [The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology], 22(4): 166–201. (in Russian).

Abstract. This study analyses individual-choice attitudes  measured as justifiability of abortions, divorces, and pre-marital sex in ten post-Soviet countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia in the Caucasus, as well as Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, and Estonia. We show that individual-choice values in those countries are not in all cases associated with younger age, female gender, higher education, higher living  standards, and urban settings. In post-Soviet countries the rejection or support for individual choice is conditioned by the degree of a respondents’ national pride rather than socio-demographic characteristics.

Keywords: nation's construction, values of individual choice, World Values Research, cross-cultural values research, conservative turn.


The article was supported by the grant of the Russian Science Foundation No 19-18-00446 "The social drivers of the 'conservative turn' in Russian and European politics (based on the World Values Survey)". We thank Nikita Zubarev.


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