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Migrant-Related Conflicts on YouTube.com

[Konflikty, sviazannye s migrantami, na Youtube.com]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150010045-9

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 09.01.2020

Accepted: 20.05.2020

About author(s)

Elena Danilko | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4231-4759 | Danja9@yandex.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)


YouTube.com, Internet, online, conflicts, migrants, xenophobia


The growing popularity of social networks, which turn passive consumers of Internet content into content creators, has been instrumental in involving Russians in more active discussions about various facets of social life, including those having to do with migration and migrants. There are plenty of in formation and resources of all kinds on this particular topic available on the Internet. An examination of them may point to the presence of a distinctive anti-migrant (xenophobic) discourse both in the established mass media and in the virtual space represented by various video blogs. The article draws on the analysis of online content hosted on YouTube, focusing specifically on labor migrants, to discuss the ways in which images of “others” or “aliens” have been constructed in Russian social discourses.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Foundation for Basic Research, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100002261 [17-01-00357-ОGN-A]


Danilko, E.S. 2020. Migrant-Related Conflicts on YouTube.com [Konflikty, sviazannye s migrantami, na Youtube.com]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 10–23. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150010045-9

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