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Textual Analysis and Social Science: A Case Study of Discourses of Risk in U.S. Media Coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

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This case study explores a social science approach to qualitative textual analysis. It introduces readers to textual analysis, discourse analysis, data collection, coding, analysis, and presentation of findings for publication. The case study of U.S. news media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 is an entry point for a conversation about textual analysis conducted within the parameters of the social sciences. It demonstrates the technique of analytic induction for analyzing texts and a corresponding interpretive practice related to poststructural discourse analysis for tethering textual analyses to broader cultural discourses.

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