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Writing ethnicity on the Internet : communicative practices of the Ukrainian virtual community

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Writing ethnicity on the Internet : communicative practices of the Ukrainian virtual community

Krekhovetsky, Luba (1998) Writing ethnicity on the Internet : communicative practices of the Ukrainian virtual community. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The thesis examines the process of ethnic identity formation through computer-mediated communication. In so doing, it inquires into the relationship between ethnicity and computer technology. It explores the ways in which ethnicity is expressed and articulated through the writing practice of computer-mediated communication, and investigates how a particular ethnicity is constituted, negotiated, and reified through the practices of computer-mediated communication. The research centres on a specific ethnocultural formation: the Ukrainian diaspora. It analyzes the discursive formation of the InfoUkes mailing lists, a series of Web-based discussion lists accessible through the InfoUkes Web site. The research method, a combination of discourse analysis and ethnography, entailed interpreting and explicating a number of the discussions on the InfoUkes lists. Analysis of these discussions demonstrates that the communicative practice of the InfoUkes mailing lists constitutes an inquiry into ethnic identity. This thesis posits that ethnicity is continually rearticulated and renegotiated through communicative practice. It concludes that the discursive formation of the InfoUkes lists fostered the emergence of an ethnically-based virtual community within which participants were able to negotiate and inscribe their ethnic identities both individually and collectively.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Krekhovetsky, Luba
Pagination:v, 132 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of Communication Studies
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sawchuk, Kimberly A
ID Code:653
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:13
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:15
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