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Back to Collectivity in Contemporary Russia? Analysis of Practices of Common Living in a Communal House
The present research focuses on the problem of individualization in contemporary Russia. On the one side, surveys demonstrate high level of individualistic values; on the other side, people in creative professions (who supposedly share these values) gather in voluntary communes. The research answers the question, whether this union promotes the rise of individualism or collectivism on the example of one communal house. Practices of communal living (most valued practices for indwellers, practices of universally valid problems solving, practices of resolution of conflicts) are analyzed on the base of 7 in-depth interviews. The research results demonstrate the prevalence of individualistic practices in domains of problem solving and conflict resolution, such as functional distribution of duties and discussion of problems that seeks to understand each individual. The conclusion is made that life in a communal house promotes the rise of individualism, while solving at the same time the problem of uncertainty of life goals.