State of Societal Uncertainty as a Pattern of Modern Ukrainian Society

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Tetyana Yereskova
Oleg Mazuryk
Olena Aleksandrova
Halyna Tymofieieva
Vitaliy Zavadskyi


The purpose of this article is to justify the model of societal uncertainty as a determinant of collective social behavior on the example of the development of societal expectations and perceptions of Ukrainians. The basic methodological premise of the study is to think of society as a “field of opportunity” for social actors, and the research hypothesis is that Ukrainians are in no hurry to change the permanent state of ‘uncertainty or instability’ to ‘certainty or stability.’ The results of the research project “Social Conflictogenity of Ukrainian Society” were interpreted, concerning the attitude of representatives of different social groups towards the state of “societal uncertainty.” It was concluded that a certain destructuring of modern Ukrainian society contributes to the consolidation of societal uncertainty among members of the society as a model of interaction among social subjects. This destructuring is exacerbated by the dominance in most respondents of a passive strategy of forming societal expectations, and Ukrainians’ understanding of societal expectations as wishes. The main issue for members of the society in the situation of societal uncertainty is connected with the uncertainty of social perspectives, and not so much at the personal level, as at the level of social groups and society in general.


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Yereskova, T., Mazuryk, O., Aleksandrova, O., Tymofieieva, H., & Zavadskyi, V. (2020). State of Societal Uncertainty as a Pattern of Modern Ukrainian Society. Journal of Population and Social Studies [JPSS], 29(-), 67 - 81. Retrieved from
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Tetyana Yereskova, Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman, Ukraine

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