Identity Transformation Communicative Component in the Media Discourse: Ukrainian Context

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Author: Bogdana Nosova
Page Range: 363-401
Published in: Current Politics and Economics of Europe, 34#4
ISSN: 1057-2309

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ABSTRACT

In the Ukrainian academic discourse, the question of identity has been researched in various fields of humanitarian studies. In this article I intend to analyse the works of the historians and the journalism narratives in the media related to the Ukrainian identity. It based on the observations of how Ukrainian and foreign historians communicate the topic of Ukrainian identity, which, at different times had contradictory interpretations in Soviet Ukrainian and foreign historiography. It is explored how scholars of different scientific schools interpreted the initial path of the formation of Ukrainian national identity, and how foreign scholars works actualizing the issue of spreading knowledge about Ukrainian identity in the English-speaking academic environment.

A conceptual discussion of the question of identity has expanded into examining the monograph of Ukrainian researchers from the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and has elucidated a new interpretation of the civilizational Ukrainian Identity. Finally, the impact of the Russian war in Ukraine on the transformation of Ukrainian identity was traced in media narratives, in Facebook posts and other social media.

In this article it is explored the monograph of Ukrainian researchers from the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. They propose a new interpretation of Ukrainian identity as a civilizational Ukrainian identity. Based on the review of media narratives showed how historical events, crisis challenges, and the Russian war against Ukraine influenced and continue to influence the formation of Ukrainian identity, it made possible to draw a conclusion about the rethinking of national heritage in the Ukrainian segment of humanitarian studies in the 21st century.

The purpose of this study is to show how historical aspects, crisis challenges, and now the war influenced and influence the formation of Ukrainian identity. The goal is to draw attention to how Ukrainian historians communicate the topic of Ukrainian identity, which at different times receive contradictory interpretations in Ukrainian and foreign historiography.

The research methodology preceding the writing of the article is based on the discourse analysis of historical communicative texts.

The task of this article is to explain how, in historical retrospect, the Ukrainian identity is transformed in the 21st century, emerging from the colonial Russian and Soviet past. This will be done based on the analysis of media discourse and its communication component. To implement the task outlined in this article, it seems necessary to pay attention to historical memory, its preservation, study and transmission from generation to generation.

Keywords: Media, Identity, Language, Culture, Journalism Discourse

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