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Title Changes in the Self-Image and the Perception of Security in Interethnic Interaction
Author(s) Valery S. Agapov, Olga Yu. Zotova and Sergey V. Mostikov
About the author(s)

Valery S. Agapov, Dr. Sci. (Psychology), professor, professor at General Psychology and Labour Psychology chair, Russian New University, Moscow, Russia.
Olga Yu. Zotova, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Dr. Sci. (Psychology), associate professor, professor at General and Applied Psychology chair, Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Sergey V. Mostikov, co-founder of “The Union of professional psychoanalysts”, Master’s degree in Psychology, lecturer at Social Psychology Faculty, Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

DOI 10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP01
Section Socio-psychological section
Year 2019 UDK Index 159.922.4:[159.9 614.8] Pages 19 - 27

Urban population growth is, by large, due to internal migration: rural areas residents move to large cities characterized by ethnic diversity. The paper aims to identify dynamic changes in the image of the self and the subjective perception of security in people moving to St.-Petersburg and Moscow (multinational megacities) for resettlement from regions with a low level of ethnic diversity (Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Dagestan). The authors used the M. Kun test ‘Who am I?’ and J. Berry scale for measuring acculturation (the variable “perceived security”). The sample consisted of 150 people. The study lasted 1 year and had three stages: the first survey took place before leaving for megacities, the second – a half a year after living in a new place, and the last survey was administered a year later. The respondents from regions with low ethnic diversity see ethnic identity as an important though not the only aspect of the self-image. The authors documented a rise of ethnic self-identification with a consequent reduction a year later. Life of newcomers in the multi-ethnic environment shapes a more pronounced identification by ethnicity; the respondents interact with other national more often and actively, and, consequently, they acquire a deeper feeling of their uniqueness. It is worth noting that this process does not appear to entail a sense of cultural threat, which indicates a low conflict potential along ethnic lines.

Keywords ethnic interaction, psychological security, the self image, ethnic diversity.
For citation

Agapov VS, Zotova OYu, Mostikov SV. Changes in the Self-Image and the Perception of Security in Interethnic Interaction. In: Perelygina EB, Zotova OYu, Drozdova AV, Tarasova LV. (eds.) Wellbeing and Security in the Face of Social Transformations: Collection of academic papers from the 10th International Symposium (Yekaterinburg, July 9–10, 2019). Yekaterinburg: Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities; 2019. p. 19–27. Available from: doi:10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP01.

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The article was supported with a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (project № 18-18-00112).

Submitted 22.10.2019
Accepted 25.11.2019