Young People’s Image of the Future: Social Psychology Aspect

Anastasia A. Novikova, Tver State University, Tver, Russia

Recommended Citation:
Novikova, Anastasia A. (2013) ‘Young People’s Image of the Future: Social Psychology Aspect‘, Social Phenomena.2013/05/15, 1(2), pp. 52-55.

Abstract

A review of existing scientific definitions of the notion “image of the future” is presented. The special features and factors of its formation, as well as the main problems connected with the common image of the future in a society are described. The relevance of research of the image of the future possessed by young people is justified. The hypothesis about the existence of a shared image of the future among young people was made and tested during a pilot study using projective tests. The subjects were asked to make a drawing expressing their image of the future. The test data were processed using qualitative methods. The results brought about the conclusion that there is no shared image of the future of our society in the consciousness of young people.

Keywords: image of the future, individual image of the future, social image of the future, social imaginary, youthfulness.

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