Awareness of family life by young couples. Conceptualization and operationalization of categories related to communion in marriage (supported by Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University and the Active Tradition Foundation)

PROJECT: Awareness of family life by young couples. Conceptualization and operationalization of categories related to communion in marriage (supported by Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University and the Active Tradition Foundation)

FUNDING: The project was supported by Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University and the Active Tradition Foundation in 2021-2023

DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 2021 – 2023

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Ivan Pavlyutkin

RESEARCH TEAM: Mariia Goleva, Dmitry Markov, Nina Lubinarskaya

In contemporary Russia a paradoxical situation is observed: both marriage and divorce rates are high. Meanwhile, most of sociological and psychological theories focus on the issue of divorce, its causes and consequences but do not consider marriage from a perspective of sustainability and development. This research project is aimed at developing conceptualization and operationalization of categories that allow analyzing Russian marriage paradox from the relational perspective. The theoretical part of the project involves preparation of literature reviews on the following categories: communication, reciprocity, family practices, self-sacrifice and emotional involvement. The developed theoretical model will be tested via implementation of empirical part of the research. In-depth interviews with young spouses (registered marriage) will be conducted with the usage of thematic guide and data visualization techniques. The design of the study will also illuminate the differentiation in meanings of these categories for religious (including priests) and non-religious couples. Furthermore, the following hypotheses will be considered: the importance of communication in marriage for the transitions through the stages of family life; the practices of jointness that create community in marriage; the meaning of relational reflexivity in family. Based on the results of the study, a methodology for a quantitative survey of married couples will be developed.

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Relevant publications

Lyubinarskaya Nina. 2022. "Reason vs Feeling: Appearance of New Ecology of Choice in the Romantic Sphere of the Individual (Book review on Illouz E. 2020. Why Love Hurts? Sociological Explanation, Moscow; Berlin: Direct Media Publishing House. 400 p. (in Russian))." Journal of Economic Sociology = Ekonomicheskaya sotsiologiya. 23(4), Doi: 10.17323/1726-3247-2022-4-9, 96-109.

Lyubinarskaya Nina. 2022. "The Role of “Relational Reflexivity” in Family Relationships: a Case Study on the Example of Two Young Couples." Interaction. Interview. Interpretation. Vol. 14. No. 4, 62-88, DOI: https://doi.org/10.19181/inter.2022.14.4.4.

Markov Dmitry. 2022. "The Problem of Correlation between Religiosity and Fertility: A Case Study Based on Interviews with Russian Orthodox Priests’ Family Members." Gosudarstvo, religiia, tserkov’ v Rossii i za rubezhom, 40(4), 186-218.

Lyubinarskaya Nina. 2021. "Family As A Total Institution: How "I" Transforms In Isolation." Abstract book of the 15th Conference of European Sociological Association. 31 August - 3 September 2021. ISBN 978-2-9581586-0-6, 518.