NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2018, Book 1

Philosophy

DEATH IMAGES IN RUSSIAN YOUTH SUBCULTURES

Ph. D., Associate Professor, Marina Fedorova

ABSTRACT

The problem related to the attitude of modern Russian youths to death has become extremely urgent due to a dramatically sharp increase in juvenile suicides in Russia committed in 2017. The widespread in the information space of sect-like movements, as well as ‘suiciders’ clubs’ (‘death groups’) has led to tightening the legislation of the Russian Federation. The article analyses the relationship between young people’s religious activity and their attitude to death on the whole, and to suicidal behaviour in particular. The author meticulously analyses death images common for definite youth subcultures. Thanatological topics are especially accentuated in a number of cultures (goths, emos etc.), while in some cultures they are represented in an undetected, amorphous manner (hipsters, hikikomoris, vanillas etc.). Special attention in the article is paid to Russian youth nonpagan movements within the framework of thanatological images and suicidal practices. Alongside with this, the common characteristics for all youth subcultures pertaining to death are distinguished: gamerisation and desacralisation of death, syncretism and the eclecticism of its images. The conclusion is made concerning the interrelationship between new (postmodern) religiousness and young people’s attitude to death formed in the information society.

KEYWORDS

thanatological topics, youth subcultures, gamerisation, desacralisation, death groups

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference Proceedings 2018 Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-00-3, DEATH IMAGES IN RUSSIAN YOUTH SUBCULTURES, 379-387 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/nordsci2018/B1/V1/40