Phenomenology of the “Lifeworld” of Urbanites in the Extra Urban Space in the Near North: House and Domestication

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Prof., Chair of General Sociology; Chief Researcher
National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Senior researcher at Division of Demography, Department of Economics
Affiliation: Moscow Lomonosov State University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Graduate student at the History Department (ethnology and anthropology)
Affiliation: Moscow Lomonosov State University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 12

The article deals with a phenomenological reconstruction of the “lifeworld” of urbanites who buy houses in the countryside for recreation and begin to create a different, non-urban models of existence, the center of which becomes a rural log house. The empirical frame is made up of the so-called “distant dachas”. These are houses bought by urbanites in the villages in the peripheral rural areas located more than 400-600 km from the capitals - Moscow or St. Petersburg. This process is accompanied by the formation of a special “lifeworld” (in terms of phenomenology) among the townspeople with its mental structures such as “home”, “hearth”, “possession”, “historical past”, “world of belongings of previous owners”, “abandonment in space”, “solitude”, “significant other”, “archaica”, et al. In the Near North of Russia, in the villages of the Kostroma Oblast, among the urbanites - summer residents and downshifters, one can observe a special approach to organizing everyday life, based on the individualization of living space with the priority of intangible values that fit into the context of preserving the socio-cultural space of a Russian village.

Keywordsde-urbanization in Russia, reverse migration - megapolis to rural areas, ‘dacha’ migration, life world of citizens in rural settlements, phenomenology of housing, rural everyday life
AcknowledgmentThe article was written as a part of a study supported by a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) 19-18-00562 Socio-environmental determinants of lifestyle transformation and social development of modern rural communities under depopulation conditions (The сase of Near North region of Russia).
Publication date11.12.2019
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