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Social structure and personality during the process of radical social change: A study of Ukraine in transition

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This chapter focuses on Ukraine during the early stages of an ongoing transformation whose eventual outcome was still uncertain. The strategic value of a longitudinal study of Ukraine during these years is that it enables us to study the dynamics of the relationships between social structure and personality during the ongoing process of radical social change. This inquiry provides an extreme test of whether the relationships of social structure and personality found in studies conducted under conditions of apparent social stability obtain even during this ongoing process. The chapter pursues two central questions: (i) whether the relationships of social structure and personality are meaningful, non-trivial in magnitude, and consistent over time even during the process of radical social change and even in the face of instability of personality during this period of time; and (ii) if they are meaningful, non-trivial, and consistent under these extraordinary circumstances, what makes this possible.

Keywords: personality; radical social change; social structure; Ukraine

10.1163/ej.9789004170346.i-466.46
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