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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Mariia Tsitenko
Pension Reform in Russia as a Symbolic Action: Discourse Analysis of the Ruling Elite and the Opposition
Applied Politics
(Master’s programme)
2019
The paper aims to investigate the link between the symbolic actions of the ruling elite and protest behavior in the context of pension reform. The first chapter provides with the analysis of the main theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of protest behavior, so that the methodological framework of the study is developed. A qualitative content analysis of the official discourse and the discourse of the opposition is conducted in the second chapter. Based on the data it is shown how the symbolic actions of the authorities activate and neutralize the protest behavior, as well as the nature of the protest activity in the dynamics and patterns of symbolic interaction are defined.

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