Cross-border Regional Studies in the Context of Meso-systems Theory

Simonyan R.Kh.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Chef Researcher, Center for European Studies, MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250005482-3
ID of the Article:

For citation:

Simonyan R.Kh. Cross-border Regional Studies in the Context of Meso-systems Theory. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2019. No 6. P. 64-73


The region, which is a part of the country or a group of neighboring countries that make up a certain integrity, is usually considered as a theoretical concept in our literature in the economic, political and administrative aspects, while the basis of the region and the driving force of its development are the people that make up the territorial community, the regional human capital. Today in regional studies there is a shift from the dominant economic approach to a sociological one. This is especially true for holding the intermediate – inter-state, inter-cultural, inter-civilization – the position of border regions, which are entrusted with the implementation of two fundamental functions of the state border: contact – interaction of Russia with neighboring countries and a barrier to maintain stability of borders and integrity of the country, to prevent smuggling, drug trafficking, illegal migration with its threat of international terrorism penetration. It is the residents of the borderland with their consciousness and activities that realize these functions. The article analyzes the social processes taking place in these regions in the framework of cross-border regional studies

spatial potential of Russia; social meso-system; cross-cultural communication; economic reductionism; regional consciousness; sociology of everyday life


Biyzhanova E.K. (2014) Borderland as an Object of Study. Vestnik instituta sotziologii [Bulletin of the Institute of sociology]. No 4: 11–22. (In Russ.)

Brodel F. (1994) What is France? In 2 books. Book 1: Space and History. Moscow: Izd-vo Sabashnikovyh. (In Russ.)

Bourdieu P. (2005) Social Space: Fields and Practices. St. Petersburg: Aleteya. (In Russ.)

Castells M. (1997) The Power of Identity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Granberg A. (2004) Regional Economics and Regional Science in Russia: Ten Years After. Region: ekonomika i sotsiologiya [Region: Economics and Sociology]. No. 1: 57–81. (In Russ.)

Gunnarsson M. (2004) Regionalism and Security – Two Concepts in the Wind of Change. In: The World of Political Science: in 2 books. B. 1. Moscow: Prosveshchenie. (In Russ.)

Hartshorne R. (1959) Perspective on the Nature of Geography. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company.

Kuvaldin V.(2002) Paradoxes of Globalization. Politiya [Polity]. No. 2: 28–35. (In Russ.)

Levada Yu.A. (2000) From Opinions to Understanding. Sociological Essays 1993–2000. Moscow: MSHPI. (In Russ.)

Lotman Y.(2001) Universe Of The Mind. St. Petersburg: Iskusstvo. (In Russ.)

Lotman Y. (2000) Inside the Thinking Worlds. St. Petersburg: Iskusstvo–SPB. (In Russ.)

Makarychev A. (2003) «The Game of Concepts»: a New «Geometry of Regionalism» in the European Context. Mezhdunarodnye protsessy [International Process]. No. 3: 67–74. (In Russ.)

Malkina T. (2007) Contour Map. Otechestvennye zapiski [Domestic Notes]. No. 6: 8–17. (In Russ.)

Rotman B. (1993) Spatial Differentiation and Zoning. Moscow: MGU. (In Russ.)

Russian Statistical Yearbook. (1993, 2018) Moscow: Rosstat. (In Russ.)

Simmel G. (1996) Selected Works. In 2 vols. Vol. 2. Moscow: Yurist. (In Russ.)

Simonyan R. (2010) Mezzo-level Conception – Application to Region. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. No. 5: 51–62. (In Russ.)

Simonyan R. (2013) Russian Economic Reforms of the 1990s: Psychological Aspect. Psikhologicheskiy zhurnal [Psychological Journal]. No. 3: 60–71. (In Russ.)

Zamyatin N., Pilyasov A. (2013) Russia, which We Have Found: Exploring the Space of the Micro Level. Moscow: SOPS. (In Russ.)

Zubarevich N. (1997) Evolution of Relations between the Center and the Regions of Russia: from Conflicts to the Search for Agreement. Moscow: Kompleks-Progress. (In Russ.)

Content No 6, 2019