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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 III: Profiles of Minorities

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1. Russians in Latvia

a. Description of internet resources

Among the ethnic minorities under study, the highest number of online resources in the content analysis is found with Russians in Latvia, all in all 25. Among them are 7 periodicals, 1 news/broadcasting portal, 5 organizations, 7 blogs, 2 forums, 2 resources with postings, and 1 personal website (see Table 2). Text fragments were collected for example from websites of periodicals “Telegraf” and “Novaya Gazeta” as well as organizations – Latvian Russian Society “Rodina.lv”, “Russki Mir”, “Russians in Latvia”, and Jēkabpils Russian Society “Rodnik”. Postings of the Russian speaking auditorium in Latvia were available on the news portal “Ves.lv”.

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