Yulia Abibok

“We are not Donbas”: Public identity of Mariupol inhabitants before and after 2014

I study local public and semi-public discourses of inhabitants of Mariupol, which is currently the biggest city in the Kyiv-controlled part of the Donetsk region. I analyse identity markers at 2010-2018 texts and forum discussions at two local news sites. I argue that the 2014 events displayed previously repressed controversies within the Donbas region and showed that it is not nearly as homogenous as it has been considered before. The war events have actualised certain aspects of local identities which were previously repressed by dominance of the former regional centre and prompted local individuals to seek for group support within their communities.

Discussant: Ruth Wodak