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Preservation of Local Identity during Internal Migration in Russia

Student: Aleksandra Filosofova

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Sociology and Social Informatics (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

The motivation for choosing this topic was a scientific expedition to Vorkuta, which aimed at studying youth communities in the framework of leisure, employment and migration plans. During the analysis of the collected materials, the block "Preservation of Local Identity during Migration" was singled out, which became the most interesting for me. During the study of this topic, two research questions were formulated. RQ1: How people preserve their local identity during migration from one city to other on example of Vorkuta? RQ2: What motivates people to unite in a new city based on a common territorial identity? The empirical part of the study is based on the qualitative methods were used the collection and analysis of semi-structured in-depth interviews, conversations. The basis for the initial analysis was 20 interviews, observation diaries, and conversations with informants collected during the expedition to the city of Vorkuta as part of the project "Revealing Russia", 2019. Then 10 in-depth semi-structured interviews and 2 conversations with migrants from Vorkuta in St. Petersburg were collected. Based on the collected interviews and conversations, results were obtained that answer my research questions on preservation of local identity.

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