Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas <p>Founded in 1997 and dedicated to publishing articles on&nbsp;contemporary social and cultural change, development of social theory and the shifting status of sociology itself.</p> Vilniaus universiteto leidykla / Vilnius University Press en-US Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas 1392-3358 <p>Please read the Copyright Notice in&nbsp;<a href="">Journal Policy</a>.&nbsp;</p> (In)visibility of the Displaced Populations: the Blind-Spot Effect <p>In this paper, conflict-triggered internal displacement is reviewed through the visibility of migration-affected groups, as well as their access to decision-making. The blind-spot effect in the migration studies extends the cognitive and social implications of the systems theory, and engulfs both hypovisibility through anopticism and pseudoassimilation, and hypervisibility through panopticism and excessive control of the displaced citizens. In the context of the impact of IDP status on visibility assessment, I suggest supplementing the migration-studies’ concepts of “phlogiston” and “witch” with that of “ethanethiol”, thus starting a discussion on the role of the otherness marker in the migrantising of citizens. The case of protracted internal displacement in Ukraine due to the Russia-backed armed conflict serves as an illustration of the displaced populations’ visibility challenges and solutions.</p> Svitlana Balinchenko Copyright (c) 2021 Authors 2021-10-06 2021-10-06 47 2 7 20 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.2.24 “There is a Time for Departure Even when There’s no Certain Place to Go”: the Twisting Path to Selfhood and Adulthood <p>In today’s post-industrial societies, young people, compared to previous generations, experience longer and more complex processes of creating professional identity, developing a career or finding “one’s vocation”. They also face difficulties in achieving financial independence, starting a family, and leaving parental homes, which altogether define the status of an adult person. Based on the overview of sociological and psychological scholarly literature, the complexity of young people’s identity formation in the context of a passage towards social maturity is analysed. The most significant tensions related to the question of “who am I and what do I want” are emphasized in the article, together with the circumstances of contemporary society that stimulate them. (Non-)applicability of the concept of the quarter-life crisis is finally highlighted in order to summarise, reflect, and explain some of the experiences and life events of young people. The title of the article is a famous quotation of Tennessee Williams.</p> Milda Pivoriūtė Copyright (c) 2021 Authors 2021-09-06 2021-09-06 47 2 69 94 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.1.22 Analytical Philosophy of History on the Second Wave of Serfdom: Revival of the Theoretical History of Central Europe <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Nerijus Babinskas Copyright (c) 2021 Authors 2021-06-21 2021-06-21 47 2 I XI 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.1.21 I – “miesjcova“, You – “przyjiezny”: Drawing the Boundary of Identity in Šalčininkai District <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus" xml:lang="lt-LT">In this article, I seek to investigate how people living in the Šalčininkai district perceive the cultural boundary between&nbsp;<em xml:lang="ar-SA">locals</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em xml:lang="ar-SA">newcomers</em>. Based on biographical interviews collected during the ethnographic field research, I argue that historical circumstances and frequent changes in state affiliation have influenced the drawing of the cultural boundary between locals and newcomers. In the article, I present how this division is understood by people of different generations living in the Šalčininkai district.</p> <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus" xml:lang="lt-LT">The cultural boundary between locals and newcomers is very important to the oldest generation (born before World War II). People who grew up during Soviet times understand this boundary and its significance, but pay less attention to it. The youngest generation (people born around 1990) perceive this cultural boundary as a useless remnant of the past and want to distance themselves from it.</p> Vidmantas Vyšniauskas Copyright (c) 2021 Authors 2021-03-18 2021-03-18 47 2 29 47 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.1.19 Transitions from Cohabitation to Marriage or Separation among the Birth Cohort of 1970–1984 in Lithuania <p>This paper aims to analyse the impact of demographic and social factors on first partnership in Lithuania – the duration of premarital cohabitation, the sustainability of such relationships, and the transition into marriage. The research is based on the 2019 Family and Inequality Survey of 1970–1984 birth cohorts. Data analysis shows that most young people began their first partnership as a cohabitation rather than marriage, and the average premarital time spent in a cohabitation increases within this cohort. Cohabitation eventually transitions into marriage, and five years after the start of cohabitation, almost all cohabitants marry, and only a small percentage of cohabitating unions dissolve. Based on Cox regression analysis, the level of education and finished studies, as well as pregnancy, are significant predictors of the transition from cohabitation to marriage. The results of the research show that three decades after the beginning of the spread of cohabitation in Lithuania, cohabitation competes with marriage, but it does not challenge the importance of marriage as an institution of childbearing and upbringing.</p> Irma Dirsytė Copyright (c) 2021 Authors 2021-03-18 2021-03-18 47 2 48 68 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.1.20 Between the Critique of Socialism and Childhood Nostalgia: The Memory of Soviet Era in the Life Stories of the 1970s Generation <p>The article examines the autobiographical memory of the 1970s generation about the Soviet era. This generation, born in 1970–1979, is interesting for research because of its socialization in two different social and political systems: its childhood and adolescence date back to the Soviet period, while the beginning of adulthood coincides with the collapse of socialism and the restoration of democracy. Based on an analysis of life stories of the 1970s generation, the article explores features of memory of this generation, how it corresponds to the discourse of autobiographical memory of the Soviet era, as well as the generation’s role in the intergenerational transmission of Soviet-era family memory.</p> Irena Šutinienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors 2020-12-28 2020-12-28 47 2 7 28 10.15388/SocMintVei.2020.1.18 Editorial Board and Table of Contents <p>none</p> Liutauras Kraniauskas Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-12-20 2019-12-20 47 2 1 6 Author Guidelines and Bibliographic Data <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Liutauras Kraniauskas Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-12-20 2019-12-20 47 2 178 180 The Genealogy of the Political. The Age of Heroes and the Revolt of Youth <p>The article discusses the genesis of the political by treating this phenomena as a distinctive interaction between political and religious factors. The aim is to carry out the reconstruction of the premises of the political of ancient Greeks, by distinguishing its particular historic development features, exclusively characteristic for the Ancient Greece context. The rites of passage of Greek social communities are analyzed in order to understand why its youth initiation structure, formed during the Greek Dark Ages, became the basic model for Western Civilisation. The role of youth groups, the phenomena of Greek heroes, the educational structure of the young soldier class (<em xml:lang="ar-SA">ephebeia</em>), and the first ever political revolution, initiated by Lycurgus, are examined by reconstructing the genealogy of the political.</p> Raimondas Kazlauskas Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-12-20 2019-12-20 47 2 7 73 10.15388/SocMintVei.2019.1.8 Vytautas Kavolis: Liberalism and Metaphysics <p>The article deals with the Lithuanian-American political scholar Vytautas Kavolis’s approach to the metaphysical foundations of liberalism. It is argued that the scholar’s position in regard to this question has changed as time passed. Until the 1970s, Kavolis defended the position that pure (philosophical) liberalism does not presuppose any&nbsp;<em xml:lang="ar-SA">a priori</em>&nbsp;metaphysics. It doesn’t dictate to its partisans in a normative way what they have to think about God, to accept His existence or not, or how they ought to treat reality as a whole. According to Kavolis, pure liberalism is neutral with regard to God and reality as a whole. It is an empty form in the metaphysical sense. The right to fill up an empty form with a metaphysical content is delegated to an individual in pure liberalism. From the 1970s, Kavolis took a much more moderate position regarding the metaphysical foundations of liberalism. In his view, pure liberalism is founded on some metaphysical presuppositions – namely, the metaphysical conception of order. Inquiring Kavolis’ approach to the meta­physical foundations of liberalism, wide attention is paid to its context of origin as well.</p> Alvydas Noreika Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-12-20 2019-12-20 47 2 74 92 10.15388/SocMintVei.2019.1.9