The “Krokodil” Magazine, 1922—1937: Quantitative Approaches to Research of the Official Soviet Satire
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The “Krokodil” Magazine, 1922—1937: Quantitative Approaches to Research of the Official Soviet Satire
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The article is devoted to the Soviet satire in 1920—1930’s. The main source of the research is the satirical magazine “Krokodil”, published since 1922. The article applies quantitative research methods to this heterogeneous sources. The formalization of the materials of the journal and attributing them to certain categories and subcategories allows to select several thematic blocks. It gives a chance to consider how the content of the various major themes changed during this period. In the first part of this article discusses in detail the methodological aspects of working with this source. An approach that allows simultaneous analysis of graphics and text materials of the journal, explains the details of the formalization of the materials, preparation of a database, and then work with the data. In the second part interpreted results of the quantitative analysis are presented, the distribution of the magazine publications in different years and change themes. In addition, the relation of the magazine “Krokodil” with the content of other periodicals is shown.
social history, Soviet satire, quantitative methods, history of press, content analysis
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