Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2014, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 81–90
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Interconditionality of Social Consciousness and Mentality of Youth Social Groups and Unions

Dumnova E. M. 1 (Novosibirsk, Russian Federation)
1 Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Arts, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation

The article considers the problem of the Russian youth mental space transformation, including one of its main tendencies – polymentality, determining the new bases for interaction between different youth groups. For the contemporary Russian society characterized by its polimentality the problem of interaction of bearers of different mentalities exists objectively and affects the youth especially, due to specificity of their psycho-social characteristics. The article considers factors, determining specificity of interaction between bearers of different mentalities and mutual impact of mentalities and individual mentality types.
With respect to socio-group mentality and, in particular, to group consciousness, ideology and inclusion in the process of globalization are exogenous factors of their forming and transformation. The youth is an endogenous factor of forming social consciousness. Due to its differentiation, the youth as a whole is a bearer of various group consciousness’s and mentalities. In this connection, in contemporary Russian society there are many youth subcultures and movements. Within their framework specificity of mental peculiarities of their bearers gets exposed and, at the same time, the problem of their interaction, related to increase in inter-group potential conflicts rate, arises. The degree of youth (as a generation) integration into society determines the strength of their group consciousness as an internal factor of social consciousness transformation. Youth mentality gradually and implicitly affects mass consciousness and, consequently, the external structural level of mentality.
Thus, the type of social system and its political and historical circumstances determines specificity of interaction between social consciousness and mentality of youth social groups and unions. Group consciousness and socio-group mentalities in all their diversity constitute a strong internal develop mental factor of the contemporary Russian society.


socio-philosophical analysis, mental spice, youth mentality, social consciousness, group consciousness, social agency, social interactions, social identity

For citation:
Dumnova E. M. Interconditionality of Social Consciousness and Mentality of Youth Social Groups and Unions. Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2014, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 81–90. DOI:
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Date of the publication 05.12.2014