Negative “other” in Russian emigrants’ blogs:
on the question of identity making in discourse


Kresova N.А.

Granada University, Granada, Spain, Marie Curie Cofund/Estonian Research Council, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia vitartis@gmail.com

ID of the Article: 5251


For citation:

Kresova N.А. Negative “other” in Russian emigrants’ blogs: on the question of identity making in discourse. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 6. P. 116-125




Abstract

The image of negative «other» plays an important role in enhancing positive self-representation of individuals and groups. Identity-enhancing strategies gain particular importance in case of social groups that are positioned “in-between”. The paper analyzes «out-group» as identified by Russian bloggers living abroad. Their negative other is represented by groups of emigrants who, in opinion of online Journal’s authors, break rules of correct behavior. Criticizing one of such groups – “My People” – they may enhance their social identity positioning themselves as trusted members of national and cultural majorities of both their adoptive country as well as that of their homeland.


Keywords
negative other; threatened identities; small-discourses; migrants; blogging
Content No 6, 2015