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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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Part II: Research results

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The practical part covers the results of the simstat and wordstat analysis. The aim of the following presentation is not to involve all categories which have been generated during the data analysis (as represented in Chapter 2, Part I, “Internet data analysis”). Instead, due to the limited space, only selected categories are proposed for review in order to achieve a representative picture and to show most typical tendencies.

The low number of cases per minority makes a comparative analysis difficult. Nevertheless, tendencies can be identified despite the low percentages obtained from the analysis. These tendencies are confirmed by the results of other studies conducted in the framework of the entire ENRI-East project (particularly ENRI-VIS and ENRI-BIO).

1. Properties of the net landscape: results of simstat analysis

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