Mother Earth and the Motherland: representations of land and nature in Pravda from 1917 to 1996 Public Deposited

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  • Vail, Julia Allen
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  • Historical analysis of the Soviet (and later Russian) newspaper Pravda from 1917 to 1996 suggests a progression through a variety of social representations of land and nature. While the time period preceding World War II was characterized by traditionalist, and later Marxist, sentiments toward the land, the World War II era and the decades to follow were marked by a modernist attitude toward land use and development. Finally, the years of perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union seemed to witness a change in social representations of land and nature, which reflected a post-modern attitude toward the environment, as well as hints of the traditionalist attitude that had been present in pre-revolutionary Russia. The study suggests that media in centralized and decentralized countries differ markedly in their environmental representations. Not only do democratic media show a more positive attitude toward protection and preservation of the natural environment, but they also reveal a greater variety of public opinions and attitudes regarding the proper balance of economic and ecological interests.
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