Semantic Network Analysis of Ingroup and Outgroup Representations in Radical Social Movement Discourse. The Case of Russian Lesbian-Feminist Movement
This paper operationalizes ingroup and outgroup image construction in the Russian lesbian-feminist movement discourse. To investigate the speech properties which are involved in the radical social movement discourse dissemination we employed semantic network analysis. In the study were analyzed two sources of data: from 574 lesbian-feminist groups in the social network “VKontakte” and from the 18 interviews with self-identified members of Russian lesbian-feminist community. Differences in the image construction in examined environments were discovered. The methodology for the “we” and “they” representations investigation presented in this article could be applied to the study of the other radical social movement’s discourses propagation.