Identity and Media-use Strategies of the Estonian and Latvian Russian-speaking Populations Amid Political Crisis

Triin Vihalemm (Coresponding Author), Jānis Juzefovičs, Marianne Leppik

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Abstract

In this essay, we examine the connections between media use and trust strategies, and the identity development of the Russian-speaking populations in Estonia and Latvia in the context of the political crisis in Ukraine. We argue against the levelling, uniform view of Russian-speaking audiences as being completely under the influence of Russian media and thereby politically identifying themselves with the Kremlin. We present a typology of Russian-speaking audiences, explain how they construct their identities as audience members within these types in times of political crisis, and discuss how this self-identification as audience members shapes the development of broader civic and ethnic identities among the Estonian and Latvian Russian-speaking populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-70
Number of pages23
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords*

  • Russian-speaking minority
  • Baltic countries
  • Ukraine crisis
  • media repertoires
  • identity
  • trust in information sources
  • transnationalism

Field of Science*

  • 5.8 Media and Communication

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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