The Study of the Virtual Landscape of Russian Ethnic Identity in the Era of Web 2.0

Author: Anna A. Fedorova

Communicology. 2018. Vol.6. No.4
Anna Aleksandrovna Fedorova, postgraduate student of the department of sociology of the St. Petersburg state University, junior researcher in St. Petersburg branch of Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Address: 199034, Russia, St. Petersburg, University emb., 5. E-mail:

Abstract. The article pinpoints the key research challenges regarding representation of Russian ethnic identity in the Internet, as well as the process of user’s cooperation in certain ethnic groups. Based on the current theoretical and methodological lag of virtual ethnicity researches in Russophone scientific community, the author analyzes the theoretical approaches to the definition of this concept and outlines the main directions of modern theoretical discussions in this particular problem field. In addition, the work provides the description of the main moral and ethical research problems in the landscape of virtual ethnicity, as well as on the major threat that awaits researcher whose scientific subjects include the ethnic identity in the World Wide Web.

Keywords: virtual ethnic identity, ethnic cooperation, digital traces, virtual landscape of ethnicity, social networks, ethics of Internet research

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For citation: Fedorova A.A. The Study of the Virtual Landscape of Russian Ethnic Identity in the Era of Web 2.0. Communicology (Russia). 2018. Vol. 6. No.4. P. 89-98. DOI 10.21453 / 2311-3065-2018-6-4-89-98.

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