Analysis of the viability of Armenian ethnic community being an integral social organism
AbstractOne of the main features of the Armenian community is that throughout their history they have been severely disconnected outside their own country. It has been assumed by the author that this creates certain tendencies in the formation of an ethnic group in the recipient country. However, for conducting global and national research, one should study the viability of an ethnos within a single state.The viability specifics of the Armenian ethnic community as an integral social organism in Ukraine has been revealed in the article by the author. Well-known researcher V. Arbenina includes several factors to the indicators of ethnic groups viability. On the basis of them, the Armenian community has been analyzed by the author. Such indicators as the size of the group, its specific weight in the general structure of the population of the state, the features of the educational, vocational qualification, industry, and settlement structure of the group; the status of an ethnic group in the system of social stratification, the preservation of the cultural identity of the group, the social activity of its members and the formation of the group as the aggregate subject of social life, have been described in the article. It has been found that during the last century, the Armenian ethnic community is being strengthened in a quantitative way, and its share among the total population of Ukraine is permanently growing. It has also been revealed that this group is represented mainly by the urban, educated population, which is involved in many important spheres of society. The high level of recognition of the Armenian language as a native language has been pointed out, also its general prevalence among the ethnic community has been defined. The presence of a significant number of national (Armenian Union of Ukraine) and regional (Armenian national city community in Kharkiv) public organizations that care for the cultural life of Armenians, as well as social activity of their members, has been described. High level of social maturity of the Armenian ethnic community and its formation as a cumulative subject of social life has been defined. Therefore, according to these indicators, Armenian ethnic community can be considered as a viable integral social organism with significant prospects for further development.
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