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The Discursive Construction of Russian Civil Society

Student: Angus james Mcwhirter

Supervisor: Dmitry Novikov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations in Eurasia (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This dissertation examined how civil society has been discursively constructed in official Russian discourse from 2000-2018. The aim was to uncover the contingencies civil society representations by employing a social constructionist approach to discourse analysis. The central thesis was that civil society was discursively constructed in accordance with Putin’s central four political values which he announced before coming to power - statism, social solidarity, patriotism, and Russia as a great power.

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