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The development of civic initiatives is a significant indicator of the social and political life of the community. A study of urban space initiatives can reveal both the state of civil society and the resource capabilities of the area. The research objective was to find tools for sociological analysis of resources of civil initiatives. The paper features some possibilities of social and political interaction between urban communities and the regional authorities. The civil initiatives within the urban communities of Kuzbass appeared to be poorly formed, especially in terms of quality content, self-expression, the nature of the initiatives, and the scale of resource capacity of the local population. The authors believe that the modern practice of using and attracting resources of civil initiatives is at its early stage in the cities of Kuzbass. Some formats of interaction between the authorities and the community are gradually emerging, but the local communities seem to mistrust the local authorities, which makes the interaction irregular and sporadic. The processes of interaction between the urban communities and the authorities demonstrate cases of joint and autonomous (as a rule, initiated by the community) use of publicity opportunities for the implementation of formal and informal civil initiatives. However, formal civic initiatives fail to convey all the diversity of the social demands that could improve urban life.

social resource, civic activism, urban territories, social interaction, sociological research
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