Religius experience in the coordinates of everidey life: from the feeling of the supernatural to the embodiment of tradition

  • E. Y. Klimenko Kharkiv state academy of culture
Keywords: social capital, children, crisis situation, non-typical childhood, socioeconomic life, childhood


Aggravation of social and economic problems, escalation of technological risks, changes in the political situation – these and many other crisis phenomena require careful consideration on the part of the state and society to the problems of full development and quality education of future generations. Child protection in conditions and realities of non-typical childhood becomes particularly relevant for the Ukrainian society beset by economic and political crises. In today’s Ukraine, the efforts made by the state and the institutions of childhood social protection, established by it, are directed not at the support and assistance to the child as an actor of social existence but at solving the problems that organisations and establishments of the existing system face and that are clearly set out by the list of social problems. The current conditions of Ukrainian society development are characterised by a trend of increase in social risks for the child and the child’s family resulting from a number of crisis phenomena of both institutional (the crisis of family institutions, education and social protection) and systemic nature (economic, political). As basic social institutions form certain systems, the so-called institutional matrixes that regulate interrelated operations of basic civil sectors – economic, political and ideological, the occurrence of crises in one of it triggers the overall matrix crisis. Preventing negative impact on children on the part of the immediate surroundings and social environment that form a non-typical childhood nature, society establishes formal and informal norms and rules with the main tasks of guarantying decedents certain advantages and privileges over other age groups. This situation arises because of a number of reasons: firstly, because of the intrinsic interest and the society’s need in children as warrantors of continuity and succession of generations; secondly, because of the objectively limited livelihood prospects, which are inherent to the specified age group. The economic crisis comes from the conducted anti-terrorist operation in Donbass that sharply differentiated income of the population and triggered dramatic changes in the life of Ukrainian society in general, which led to significant deterioration of children issue in Ukraine. The process of children’s adaptation to new life conditions and realities is now accompanied by significant complications; therefore, we can say that there is a non-typical nature of childhood of the whole generation. As currently children’s socialisation takes place in conditions of the total change of the value system, the economic crisis and the armed conflict, the issue of the social capital, which is passed throughout generations, is aggravated. As the concept of social capital is critical for many spheres of socioeconomic life of the society, this brought forth the author’s study of the problem of foundation of children’s social capital in conditions of non-typical childhood formed as a result of crisis developments. Under the drastic impoverishment of the large proportion of population of Ukraine, caused by the economic crisis, the problem of creation of social capital for future generations had intensified. This situation does not only impact the formation of non-typical childhood for most children but also turns a factor of their social disadaptation and deformation of socialisation mechanisms.

Author Biography

E. Y. Klimenko, Kharkiv state academy of culture
PhD in historical science, associate professor


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How to Cite
Klimenko, E. (2015). Religius experience in the coordinates of everidey life: from the feeling of the supernatural to the embodiment of tradition. Grani, 19(1), 99-104.