Similar or different? Youth of borderland of Central and Eastern Europe.

Hubert Kotarski

Abstract


The article presents the results of research into youth conducted with the use of the survey method in the borderlands in Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. The gathered data indicates that the attitudes and life aspirations are formed by three factors. The first one is connected with the type of the borderland, and the “borderland effect” is observed here. The second one regards socio-economic differences between countries. The most commonly observed differences between youth’s attitudes are observed on the West-East line. The third factor is of cultural character and mainly it is formed by psycho-cultural trends resulting from the processes of globalization and the specificity of being young. In this case we observe a global youth, who aims at fulfilling their needs beyond borders.

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