The SSRL Research Discussion/Luncheon series continues! Presenting today is Dr. Ekaterina Romanova, Assistant Professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University.


National Identity through the Prism of Immigration in Modern Russia: Advantages of Qualitative Approach to the Analysis of Changing Nature of National Identity

From her abstract:
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation faced many challenges, including increased immigration, a search for national identity, and growing nationalist sentiments.  Post-Soviet Russia grew increasingly intolerant of people arriving in the country either for a temporary stay or to settle permanently. Russia has the highest level of anti-immigrant attitudes in Europe and the rate of ethnic violence is growing each year. At the same time, Russia has the fastest growing immigrant population.

In my research, I explore reasons behind burgeoning nationalism, ethnic violence and anti-immigrant attitudes in Russia. In my presentation, I’d like to argue that Russia’s changing perceptions of the national identity, as well as the characteristics that Russians attribute to immigrants have shaped intergroup relations and contributed to the growth in nationalist violence against immigrants. This presentation in no way claims to draw a comprehensive picture of national identity formation and its transformation in Russia after 1991, but rather offers a specific focus on the transformation of the perception of the national identity through the immigration angle, how through perception of immigration and immigrants, the host population projects the host population projects characteristics and boundaries of its collective self.

In my research, I rely on qualitative approach, using critical discourse analysis and grounded theory to data analysis. In my presentation, I will talk about benefits of using NVivo in qualitative research projects.