Nationalism in the Russian media: Content analysis of newspaper coverage surrounding conflict in Stavropol, 24 May-7 June 2007

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This paper considers the role of Russian print media and government in forming and publicizing nationalist sentiment through a content analysis of newspaper coverage of ethnic conflict in Stavropol in 2007. It shows that though the government officially pursues an inclusive multicultural approach (which I call associative nationalism), newspapers owned by Kremlin-loyal business holdings printed quite nationalist and sensationalist versions of the events in question. I argue that this is a passive promotion of a dissociative type of nationalism on the part of the Kremlin, which works against its stated purposes of bringing together all those in the Russian territory into a united national identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-805
Number of pages23
JournalNationalities Papers
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012



  • Media
  • Nationalism
  • Newspapers
  • Russia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations

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