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The Representation of Soviet Technogenic Disasters in Print Media during Perestroika (1986 – 1991)

Student: Polina Ianina

Supervisor: Galina Orlova

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2020

This study explored ways to cover technogenic disasters in the Soviet press of the Perestroika era based on three periodicals: the main newspaper of the USSR ("Pravda"), the popular weekly with a socio-political agenda ("Argumenty i Fakty"), and one of the main perestroika stands (magazine "Ogonyok"). Technogenic disasters during the Perestroika period were considered as one of the main indicators of the decline of the Soviet system, and their coverage in the press as a mechanism for developing new ways of constructing social reality. This study identify and fix shifts in the content of materials of Soviet journalism. An empirical analysis of materials on technological disasters was carried out using content analysis, the data of which was visualized.

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