millennials, generation, post-Soviet youth, Russian society, social and political modernization.
The author, relying on V.V. Radaev’s monograph “Millennials: How Russian Society Changes”, analyzes the distinctive features of the “millennial” generation, whose maturation period occurred in the 2000s. Using the example of Russian millennials, it is demonstrated that the widely known concept of the “Soviet common man” is gradually becoming outdated, which makes it crucial to develop alternative interpretational generation schemes. It is emphasized that at the turn of the millennium in Russia there was a significant social turning point, which led to the formation of a new, “different” generation of young people, very distinctive from their elder cohorts. Strong and weak social resources and individual personality traits that help adaptations to rapidly changing social conditions are considered. To compare the data of his own sociological studies with the results set forth in the book under review, the author reflects on the views and values of post-Soviet youth, its modernization potential, and the adaptive abilities. The correlation of modern and traditional components in the value systems of representatives from different young social groups is estimated. According to the author, when analyzing social changes caused by the arrival of new generations, it is necessary to take into account that post-Soviet youth as a social group is internally heterogeneous and consists of representatives of different – sometimes contrasting – subgroups, differing in their views, the volume of social capital, and the characteristics of socialization experience. It is concluded that in the future, under favorable external conditions, the domestic generation of millennials may become a force capable of real social and political modernization in Russian society.