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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsStudent ThesesThematic and Social Network Analysis of Caucasian On-line Groups
Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Aleksei Gorgadze
Thematic and Social Network Analysis of Caucasian On-line Groups
Modern Social Analysis
(Master’s programme)
2016
Modern life is almost impossible to imagine without using of new technologies and the Internet. The virtual environment every minute is filled with huge volumes of social data that can be used to predict a variety of phenomena. Technology advances also facilitates the creation and maintenance of new migration flows between regions, countries and continents, the formation and growth of Diasporas. Social network users create and consist of multiple virtual groups. There are such communities in the Russian social network sites too, which are created based on an ethnic community. Ethnic constructs in the virtual space is a good material for a sociological study. The object of this study is the Caucasian ethnic communities in the social network site «VKontakte». Social Network Analyses (SNA) and Topic Modelling (LDA) methods shows: how the Caucasian ethnic groups are represented in the virtual environment, analyzed the structure of their relations, thematic diversity and function of these groups. Virtual ethnic communities serve as «platforms» of communication, reproducing or producing discourses of ethnic and identity.

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