Priest in the church and society: analysis of time-budgets

pominanie_3DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 2017


RESEARCH TEAM: Tatiana Krihtova, Kirill Alexin, Nadejda Solovieva


The project is a study of time budgets of modern Russian Orthodox priest. After working for a year in this field, we came to the conclusion that it is difficult to fit all variety of field data collected in the framework of articles. Therefore, the next step of the project should be a monograph, which would describe our field data: different versions of time budgets in different parishes, the diversity of priests’ activities.

In addition, during the data analysis we decided to include a quantitative component into the project.
The first phase of the project includes qualitative research: interviews, participant observation and study of time budgets. For representativity there will be conducted 10 more case-studies (in addition to the 23 already done). We plan to observe the priests over 60 years old living in rural areas and of the two regions which have been not covered yet: Russian Volga and North (North-West, without St. Petersburg).

The second stage of the project (quantitative) suggests checking the findings of the first phase with an online survey among priests (approx. 500 people from different dioceses).

The project will result in a monograph with the description of various aspects of priests’ time budgets and the characterization of priest’s role in modern society.

The new phase of the study is planned as a series of publications and public lectures, as we have noticed that this topic attracts many of those interested in religion and social structure of a modern Russian society.



Kirill Aleksin and Tatiana Krihtova took part in the Forum of Field Interviewers >>>


18-21 September Tatiana Krihtova visited the annual EASR conference in Leuven (Belgium) >>>


Research fellows of “Sociology of Religion” took part in the 13th conference of the European Sociological Association ESA-2017 in Athens >>>


Fieldwork of the project “Priest in Church and Society: Analysis of Time Budgets” >>>


June 16-17 Tatiiana Krikhtova participated in the congress of the Russian Religious Society (MSU and PSTGU) >>>

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Researchers of the “Sociology of Religion” laboratory at PSTGU took part in the V International scientific-practical conference “Religion and History” (April 20-22, 2017, Minsk, Republic of Belarus) >>>

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Researchers from the laboratory “Sociology of religion” participated at XVIII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (April, 11-14, 2017, Moscow, NRU HSE) >>>

Relevant publications

Krihtova Tatiiana. 2017. "Der Alltag orthodoxer Priester in Russland." Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West, 10 (45): 13-14.

Krihtova Tatiiana, Aleksin Kirill. 2016. "Ritual-making and care-providing, together or separately? Based on the time budget of modern Orthodox priests." Religious Studies. T. 4, 89-95.

Krihtova Tatiiana, Aleksin Kirill. 2016. "Specificity of the social roles of orthodox of priests: an empirical study." Herald of the Russian Christian humanitarian academy. T. 17. No. 4, 75-87.