The core and periphery of the current culture of artistic creation about the Great Patriotic War in the students’ views

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


2020, Vol. 6. № 3 (23)

The core and periphery of the current culture of artistic creation about the Great Patriotic War in the students’ views

For citation: Narkhova E. N., Narkhov D. Yu. 2020. “The core and periphery of the current culture of artistic creation about the Great Patriotic War in the students’ views”. Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research, vol. 6, no. 3 (23), pp. 130-149. DOI: 10.21684/2411-7897-2020-6-3-130-149

About the authors:

Elena N. Narkhova, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of Theory, Methodology and Legal Support of the Public and Municipal Administration, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg);

Dmitry Yu. Narkhov, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of Organizing Youth Work, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg);


This article analyzes the degree of demand for works of art (films and television films and series, literary and musical works, works of monumental art) associated with the history of the Great Patriotic War among contemporary students. This research is based on the combination of two theories, which study the dynamics and statics of culture in the society — the theory of the nucleus and periphery by Yu. M. Lotman and the theory of actual culture by L. N. Kogan.

The four waves of research (2005, 2010, 2015, 2020) by the Russian Society of Socio­logists (ROS) have revealed a series of works in various genres on this topic in the core structure and on the periphery of the current student culture; this has also allowed tracing the dynamics of demand and the “movement” of these works in the sociocultural space. The authors introduce the concept of the archetype of the echo of war. The high student recognition of works of all historical periods (from wartime to the present day) is shown. A significant complex of works has been identified, forming two contours of the periphery. Attention is drawn to the artistic work of contemporary students as a way to preserve the historical memory of the Great Patriotic War.

This article explains the necessity of preserving the layer of national culture in order to reproduce the national identity in the conditions of informational and ideological pluralism of the post-Soviet period. The authors note the differentiation of youth due to the conditions and specifics of socialization in the polysemantic sociocultural space.


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