Construction of the Problem of Police Brutality in the Russian Blogosphere
Project Head: Iskander Yasaveyev
Project Participants: Olessia Koltsova, Tatiana Yefimova, and Sergey Koltcov
This project is a case study that is part of a larger project, ‘ Studying Construction of Social Problems in Blogs with Advanced Methods of Text and Network Analysis’, supported by the HSE Centre for Basic Research in 2012.
In this project, the team appiedy Peter Ibarra and John Kitsuse’s construction concept of social problems to blog posts (particularly in LiveJournal) on brutality issues in Russian police departments. The researchers examined posts published during the month after the death of an arrestee Sergey Nazarovin Kazan’s Dalny police department, in Ibarra andKitsuse’s four discourse dimensions (rhetorical idioms, counterrhetorical strategies, claims-making motifs, and claims-making style). The analysis helped determine the following rhetorical formats in posts concerning police brutality: rhetoric on citizens being in danger from the police, rhetoric on empowering people with criminal convictions, and rhetoric on distress with respect to Vladimir Putin’s presidency.
On the basis of the results, the researchers settled several questions, which could contribute to the generaltheory of construction of social problems.
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