Streetracing as a fork of a youth subculture in the city of Irkutsk

Volume 4, Number 2, 2019, P. 162–167


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The article is devoted to the analysis of street racing as a type of youth subculture on the example of the city of Irkutsk. The stages of the formation of youth subcultures in Russia and the features of their sociological analysis are considered. Since the 60s of the last century, leading sociologists from different countries of the world have turned to this issue, and later, research has emerged from Russian scientists. It was determined that until the end of the eighties of the last century in Soviet sociology, the phenomenon of youth subcultures was studied in a very narrow and one-sided framework, with a message to Western culture. First of all, it was explained by the fact that subcultures, characteristic of the West or the modern Russian, were practically not represented in the forms of social, personal and cultural activity of the young generation of the Soviet Union. All this appeared in our country a little later. It is revealed that the peculiarity of modern domestic youth subcultures is that most of them are focused either on leisure activities, or on the transfer and dissemination of information about their cultural vision of the world, their cultural views on themselves, the world and their place in this world. The main factors of the formation of subcultural activity are investigated. Particular attention is drawn to the professional and social composition of representatives of the street racing movement in the city of Irkutsk. For Irkutsk street racers it is considered unacceptable violation of traffic rules. It is considered unacceptable to go to race on a faulty car. It is unacceptable to endanger the lives of other members of the community and random people or cars.


street racing, street racers, youth subculture, varieties of subcultures, street racing


Tatiana I. Kondria, Cand. Sci (Sociological Sciences), Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Psychology, Irkutsk National Research Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia

For citation:

Kondria T.I. (2019) Streatraising as a type of youth subculture in Irkutsk. Sotsial’naya kompetentnost’ = Social Competence. Vol. 4. No. 2. Pp. 162–167. (In Russ.)


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