Profanity as a social phenomenon
analyzing survey results in a provincial Russian town

Кienko Т.S.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Assoc. Prof., Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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Кienko Т.S. Profanity as a social phenomenon: analyzing survey results in a provincial Russian town. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 5. P. 124-133


An attempt to analyze phenomenon of profanity is based on a sociological case study. Author describes typical social contexts and user types along with meaningful, emotional, social-demographic, and functional features of using obscene language as well as attitudes towards the use of profanity in a provincial town.

profanity; obscene language; foul language; social context; social control; functions of profanity
Content No 5, 2016