• The quality and way of life in Belarus: evolution and possibilities of transformation

    Tatiana Vadalazhskaya, Uladzimir Matskevich

    In this work, we consider the lifeway sphere to be changing — from generation to generation, or even during a period comparable with human life. Moreover, we believe that in the lifeway sphere it is possible and even necessary to have changes or reforms with apt concepts, notions, programmes and political will in order to implement them.

    In the first part of this book, we describe how the tenor and way of life changed in Belarus during the second half of the 20 century when the USSR existed. In the same part, we characterize the latest decades’ policy and state programmes. We proceed from the assumption that the Belarusan authorities’ actions were based on the concepts, notions and categories suggested by public and human sciences. The Belarusan regime has been carrying out purposefully and consistently the programme built on the basis of the Soviet ideology and social science.

    In order to develop new programmes and to start launching reforms corresponding to modern global tendencies, thus including Belarus in the fullfledged allEuropean process, it is necessary to change the conceptual bases of humanitarian and social approaches, concepts and categories. Therefore, in the second part, we review possibilities and ways of constructing such concepts and categories which would make it possible to implement reforms in the lifeway sphere.

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