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Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet LatviaDiscursive Identity Strategies$
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Ammon Cheskin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697434

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697434.001.0001

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Russian-Language Media and Identity Formation

Russian-Language Media and Identity Formation

(p.67) Chapter 4 Russian-Language Media and Identity Formation
Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia

Ammon Cheskin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides a detailed analysis of media discourse in Latvia, with a specific focus on the country’s Russian-language press. Firstly this section explores the means by which the media have attempted to construct a sub-national group of Russian-speakers in Latvia, and to what extent they have managed to imbue this imagined community with certain characteristics and traits. Secondly, a comprehensive critical discourse analysis of the Russian-language dailies Chas and Vesti Segodnia is conducted. Specific attention is paid to how journalistic elites respond to the various ‘Latvian’ discourses of statehood and nationalism which have been identified in earlier chapters. It is demonstrated that Russian-speaking discourses are not simply ‘anti-Latvian’. Instead the analysis also reveals the emergence of a more positive Russian-speaking identity which is increasingly premised upon the acceptance of various Latvian narratives and discourses.

Keywords:   Media, Discourse analysis, Critical discourse analysis, Identity construction, Russian, Imagined community, Nationalism

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