Factor analysis of the regional identity as exemplified by the arctic region

Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research


2015, Vol. 1. №3(3)

Factor analysis of the regional identity as exemplified by the arctic region

About the authors:

Gulnara F. Romashkina, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Head of the Department of Mathematical Methods, Information Technologies and Management Systems in Economics, University of Tyumen; g.f.romashkina@utmn.ru

Guzel N. Chaparova, Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematical Methods, Information Technologies and Management Systems in Economics, Tyumen State University


The regional identity is studied through the prism of people’s attitude to their region. The interregional, intraregional, and all-Russian comparative studies have been carried out. It is shown that in all the regions of Russia the years of the research saw the dominance of the groups of people choosing emotional evaluative judgements for explaining both positive and negative responses. The differences in frequency reflect people’s choices at particular periods of time, their attitudes, financial status etc. The inhabitants of the Arctic region show a lower rootedness in the regional identity, but the differences in specific estimates turn out to be much lower than expected. The authors consider the results of the sociocultural monitoring survey (within the program «The Sociocultural Portrait of the Region») which was carried out in Tyumen region from 2006 to 2014. The factor dependences defining the regional identity are shown. The link between the increase in the percentage of respondents having a desire to move to a different region or country and the growth of a respondent’s professional status and the violation of right to work.


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