Leontovich O.A., Kotelnikova N.N. The Nature of Chinese and Russian Subcultures in Urban Discourse

https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2021.5.7

Olga A. Leontovich

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Head of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation, Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University

Prosp. Leninа, 27, 400005 Volgograd, Russia

Professor, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Machang Road, 117, Tianjin, China

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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0972-4609

Nadezhda N. Kotelnikova

Candidate of Sciences (Pedagogy), Associate Professor, Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation, Director of Confucius Institute, Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University

Prosp. Leninа, 27, 400005 Volgograd, Russia

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Abstract. The paper seeks to examine the communicative aspect of modern Chinese and Russian urban subcultures. The nominations of urban social groups representing young people in Russia and China and their connection to modern communication practices are viewed from the perspective of urban communication studies, which provides an opportunity for a new comprehension of issues connected with verbal and nonverbal constituents of urban discourse. The indicates that the subcultures in the Russian urban landscape are reflected in such nominations as фрики (freaki), мажоры (majory), хипстеры (hipstery), брейк-дансеры (break-dancery), байкеры (bikery), etc. The Chinese subcultures are known under such names as shamate, xiaoqingxin, tuyayawenhua, erciyuanyawenhua, egaoyawenhua and many others. We argue that in both countries the unity of social subgroups is based not so much on ideological preferences, but rather on lifestyles, hobbies and interests, many of them formed under the Western influence. The subcultures discussed in the research represent a broad panorama of Chinese and Russian social life. They reflect the sociocultural dynamics of attitudes, values and lifestyles influenced by globalization but acquiring nationally specific features, which transform them into unique sociocultural phenomena.

Key words: subcultures, nominations, China, Russia, urban communication studies.

Citation. Leontovich O.A., Kotelnikova N.N. The Nature of Chinese and Russian Subcultures in Urban Discourse. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2021, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 87-96. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2021.5.7

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