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Ethnic Minorities of Central and Eastern Europe in the Internet Space

A Computer-Assisted Content Analysis

Olga Alekseeva and Hans-Georg Heinrich

After the EU-accession of Eastern and Central European countries, the nations and ethnicities in this region face a re-definition of their cultural, social and political roles. Ethnic Minorities of Central and Eastern Europe in the Internet Space deals with the identity formation of twelve ethnic minorities in seven countries along the border of the European Union. Ethnicities in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia as well as Belarus and Ukraine are considered. The project attempts a new methodological approach to the topic of ethnic identity through a qualitative and quantitative content analysis of the internet resources attributable to ethnic minorities. It consists of two larger parts: the methodology of data collection and the results of data analysis. The data bank of the internet resources provides an overview of the empirical basis of the study.
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Olga Alekseeva graduated in German language and literature studies and pedagogics from Minsk State Linguistic University and obtained her PhD in political science at the University of Vienna. Her research topics include politics, law state and economy in transition in Eastern Europe as well as democracy, civil society and participation.

Hans-Georg Heinrich is professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Vienna. He has a background in empirical research, conflict and project management in Eastern Europe and the (Ex-) Soviet Union. Professor Heinrich has a track record as policy advisor for NGOs and international organizations like the UN or OSCE.

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