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Subject/Keyword
Media use
Russian immigrants
Identity
Appraisal theory
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Syskova, Nadezda
Supervisor and department
Le, Elisabeth (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Kirova, Anna (Elementary Education)
True, Micah (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Abdi, Ali (Educational Policy Studies)
Department
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Specialization
Applied Linguistics
Date accepted
2013-06-27T15:41:24Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The paper explores the role of media use (in both Russian and English) in the process of integration of middle-aged highly educated Russian immigrants in Canada. Five semi-structured interviews were conducted for this qualitative study and further analyzed using the Appraisal theory in order to reveal how the respondents evaluate their experience and how they position themselves in a new environment. The study combined a cross-cultural psychology model of acculturation strategies (Berry, 1997) with a media type consumers’ model (Adoni et al., 2006) to reveal the role of media consumption in the process of identity construction. The results of the study demonstrate that consumption of media is one of the factors that might affect the success of integration. However, other factors also need to be taken into account.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TH8BW3R
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