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The Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly sums up the first results of a comprehensive study of rural areas

13.04.2022 122 просмотров

As part of the project "Heritage of Eurasia: Cultural Practices of Rural Areas", implemented by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly with grant support from the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, a two-month stage of research into the practices of socio-cultural development of rural areas was held.


It was attended by residents of rural settlements from Udmurtia, Mordovia, the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan and the Chui region of Kyrgyzstan. The main goal of the study was to identify opportunities for the development of rural areas in the socio-cultural dimension, to study socio-cultural practices, to identify key problems and points of growth in the context of the development of the ethno-cultural environment.


The basis of the methods of work included the analysis of journalistic and scientific materials, interviews with opinion leaders, activists implementing social and cultural projects. The survey was conducted by a team of researchers consisting of employees and undergraduate students of the Institute of History and Sociology of the Udmurt State University and the National Museum of the Udmurt Republic (Izhevsk, Russia).


According to the head of the research group, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor of the Udmurt State University, Yuri Perevozchikov, the study showed that "despite the presence of socio-economic and demographic problems — the lack of work or the unprofitability of rural labor, the underdevelopment of infrastructure, the outflow of young people to cities — the rural way of life, due to ethnic traditionalism, environmental friendliness, and commitment to agricultural production, remains attractive in the Eurasian space.”


Researchers and informants also note the role of local communities, their initiatives and socio-cultural projects supported by the state and business in the integrated development of rural areas, in the implementation of a sustainable development model. The interviewed activists emphasize the importance of intercultural and interethnic communications, including on an interstate Eurasian scale, as a resource for the stability of ethnic rural areas.


The full material of the results of the study will be available as part of the publication of the online collection at the end of September. Now, based on the first results of the study, an educational program is being developed for the project, which will take place in early June in the format of a week-long educational tour along the route of rural areas "Udmurtia - Mordovia".

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