Gazdanova A., Bogomaz S. Using Digital Sources in Studying Ossetian Wedding Rituals (the Case of Instagram)

Anastasiya Gazdanova
Russian Museum of Ethnography
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
ORCID: 0000-0001-7288-1300
E-mail: nastyagazdan@gmail.com 

Svetlana Bogomaz
“QIWI”
ORCID: 0000-0002-5414-809X
Moscow, Russian Federation
E-mail: s.m.bogomaz@gmail.com

 

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ABSTRACT. The digital space stores a large amount of data on the Ossetian wedding ritual, which allow to understand its current state, trace the dynamics of changes and discover new issues in its research. Accordingly, the purpose of the authors’ study was to identify opportunities that digital sources of information can provide for studying contemporary Ossetian weddings. Firstly, the sources themselves were identified, i. e. social media where materials on wedding topics are presented. The study was carried out in two directions: (1) testing social media as platforms for interacting with users through electronic questionnaires (for collecting quantitative data) and (2) analyzing published posts (photo, video, and textual materials) to obtain qualitative data. As a result, we collected data on the wedding and its dynamics between the late 1990s and 2019. Having analyzed the photographs, we obtained information about the Ossetian wedding, dynamics of wedding rituals, paraphernalia, and modern wedding trends, which supplemented the data collected by means of the questionnaires.

 

KEYWORDS: Ossetian wedding, digital ethnography, social networks, Instagram, questionnaires

 

DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2021-4(14)-92-105
УДК 392.51

 

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