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“Post-quarantine” social reality: contours and contradictions

С.Г. Карепова, M.V. Kostolomova
80,00 Р

UDC 316.4              


S.G. Karepova is PhD in Sociology, Leading Researcher, e-mail: ; M.V. Kostolomova is PhD in Sociology, Leading Researcher, e-mail:  Both at Institute of Socio-Political Research — Branch of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPR FCTAS RAS)

This study examined a new stage of “deconstruction” of social reality caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The authors note that the deep societal changes that have occurred have led to the "reformatting" of social reality into a new qualitative state — “post-quarantine” or “post-pandemic”. The fact is actualized that the macrosocietal and microsocietal changes in society generated by the pandemic are fraught with significant “explosive” potential, requiring in the future an understanding and an adequate response from society. However, the most important spheres of life of the Russian society do not meet the new challenges and risks, as well as the appropriate criteria and goals of sustainable development. Bifurcation tendencies of the “post-quarantine” social reality are being formed, which are based on a number of key contradictions that require resolution by society in order to adapt to qualitatively different conditions and patterns of life activity. The article substantiates the expediency of scientific analysis of the presented contradictions, since the strategy developed as a result will contribute to finding a way out of the current situation and the formation of resource-saving scenarios for the development of Russian society. At the same time, the authors propose to carry out such an analysis through the prism of system-forming social institutions that are always determinants of the development of social reality and have already been significantly affected in the new conditions.

In addition, the article notes that the strategy of forming a desirable future for society is impossible without scientific analysis and taking into account a wide list of new challenges and risks generated by social reality, directly and indirectly related to the COVID-19 phenomenon. Due to the fact that the pandemic has made it possible to identify both bifurcation points already existing in society and issues that need to be addressed, the authors provide some scientific and practical recommendations for their actualization at the state level.

Key words: social reality, pandemic, virus, COVID-19, “post-quarantine” social reality, contradictions, science, education, innovation, transformation.




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