No 4 (2015)

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Groups and Environments, a series of academic works, promotes research on small social groups. Youth subculture is one area of study represented in the series. The focus is on values of members of youth subcultures and their modes of communicating values and ideas/ideologies which in many ways contradict those in the dominant environment. The series also features research on new religious philosophical groups, migrant groups, ethnic and other subgroups acting within bigger communities. The objective of the works is to foster research collaboration and the use of interdisciplinary approaches to gain a better understanding on the complex behaviours in the contemporary society. Different fields of study (history, anthropology, ethnology, sociology and philosophy) yield increments of knowledge on social behaviour. Some of the scholarly lenses are tilted to probe into the aesthetics and symbolic meanings of rituals in group celebrations. Other inquiries address their origins or look back further into the past for records of social behaviour in historical sources. Important thematic aspects of research are cultural identity retention in emigration and the dynamics of emergence, functioning and disappearance of cultural and political groups. Probing into different research areas from multifarious theoretical and methodological standpoints uncovers the complexity of different levels of social processes. The present volume of Groups and Environments features research on diverse small social groups ranging from Dalit students to metal music groups. This array of scholarship exemplifies only a minor part of diversities in regard to social values and behaviour. The present volume includes selected articles that were originally presented at the conference “Interdisciplinary Social Group Research” held on November 6, 2014. The volume opens a new rubric for coverage of cultural and scholarly events related with the research interests of the series.

Egidija Ramanauskaitė