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Valentin P. Babintsev

Galina N. Gaidukova

Zhanna A. Shapoval

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Valentin P. Babintsev — DSc in Philosophy, Professor, Belgorod State National Research University, Pobedy St., 85, 308015 Belgorod, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0112-6145. E-mail: babintsev@bsu.edu.ru

Galina N. Gaidukova — PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Belgorod State National Research University, Pobedy St., 85, 308015 Belgorod, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6300-9174. E-mail: g_gaidukova@bsu.edu.ru

Zhanna A. Shapoval — PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Belgorod State National Research University, Pobedy St., 85, 308015 Belgorod, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8069-9274. E-mail: shapoval@bsu.edu.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 60


pp. 30–41


March 17, 2020

Date of publication

June 28, 2021



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The purpose of the paper is to identify heuristic potential of socio-ecological metabolism (SEM) conception for the studying of trends in the development of modern urban culture. Modern city is considered in terms of the conception as an open socio-biotechnical system, whose changes are of a metabolic nature, so that they are carried out in four consecutive stages:  accumulation of “substances”, their transformation during the decomposition of “substances” into simple ones and simultaneous formation and consumption of complex “substances”; release of waste into environment; their subsequent transformation. Empiric basis of the work consists of the results of sociological study “Socio-cultural consequences of the formation of urbanized sociobiotechnical systems”, conducted in the cities of the Belgorod region in January 2020. The study included a questionnaire survey of the urban population using the quota sampling method (n = 500) and an expert survey (n = 30). The authors determined the range of issues urban culture development, which can be solved by applying the concept of SEM. These include: analysis of material and energy exchange in terms of city culture and environment; assessment of the impact factors of technologization and ecologization on urban culture development; study of urban cultural garbage phenomenon, which at the moment are unclaimed or potentially and de facto destructive waste products of the urban community, emerged in the socio-cultural sphere.


city, urban environment, urbanized environment, urban culture, socio-ecological metabolism, cultural garbage, ecology, culture technologization.


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