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Interaction Practices among KVN Community Members, Example of Network Structure Analysis

Student: Natalya Filippova

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This dissertation work is a continuation of the course work on the theme “Social portrait of the participant of the game KVN: career of the participant”, performed in the traditions of qualitative methodology with an emphasis on the concept of grounded theory. The purpose of this study is to describe and analyze the practices of interaction among community members. The theory of solidarity and the sociology of space are used as a theoretical framework. Constructivist grounded theory by Katie Charmaz and situational analysis by Adel Clarke were used to analyze interviews and observation diaries. Socio-demographic data of users of the social network VKontakte and using a quantitative methodology were also collected. The data were used to compile a social portrait of a participant and visualize the territorial location of participants on the map of Russia. A comprehensive analysis of gender imbalance was conducted. As a result of this study, the author presented a system of practices for interaction of insiders of the field and characterized it.

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