Social Aspects of the Internet in Russia: Representation in Public Discourse, and National Social Policy
In 2014, we launched a study dedicated to the Internet in the Russian society. Using a constructivist paradigm, we aim to uncover how various agents, political decisions, state regulatory acts, contexts, and events influence the representation of the Internet in Russia. The project also aims to reveal how representations of the Internet among different social groups interact with one another and co-constitute each other.
The project currently focuses on the two research areas:
Representing the Internet in public discourses in contemporary Russia
We study how Internet representation transforms in various discourses. We are collecting a corpus of official state documents, official public statements, media publications, and individual opinions expressed in in-depth interviews, as well as public opinion surveys about the Internet.
The research aims to reconstruct the transformations of each discourse within the last 20 years and to reveal how various discourses influenced each other.
The Internet as a matter of social policy, 1994-2014
This part of the project studies state social policy regarding Internet proliferation in Russia in 1994-2014. By using a database of internetization statistics, history of regulation and official documents, we analyze which type of social policy was maintained in different periods in Russia. Russian policy is compared with other cases in a cross-national comparison.
Keywords: Internet, representation, Russia, public discourse, social policy
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