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Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty

Risk in The New York Times (1987–2014)

A corpus-based exploration of sociological theories

Authors: O. Zinn, Jens, Mcdonald, Daniel

  • Goes beyond available research which focusses on particular risks such as climate change, GM-food, or terrorismExamines long term change in the usage of the risk semantic across different social domains and risksUtilizes corpus based research strategies from computational linguistics to examine long term social change on risk

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About this book

This book investigates to what extent claims of common social science risk theories such as risk society, governmentality, risk and culture, risk colonisation and culture of fear are reflected in linguistic changes in print news media. The authors provide a corpus-based investigation of risk words in The New York Times (1987-2014) and a case study of the health domain.

The book presents results from an interdisciplinary enterprise which combines sociological risk theories with a systematic functional theory of language to conduct an empirical analysis of linguistic patterns and social change. It will be of interest to students and scholars interested in corpus linguistics and digital humanities, and social scientists looking for new research strategies to examine long term social change.

About the authors

Jens O. Zinn is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences Research Centre at Lancaster University, UK and Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Daniel McDonald is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany. 

Reviews

“From the outset and throughout the book, readers are very well guided through the research process of conceptualisation, hypothesis formulation and discussion of empirical evidence. ... Moreover, it offers original insights on the study of diachronic developments of risk language and a fruitful empirical path for exploring connections between language and social change, thus opening new ground for further research.” (Maria Grazia Galantino, Health, Risk & Society, April, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Zinn, Jens O. (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Conceptual Foundations

    Zinn, Jens O. (et al.)

    Pages 7-65

  • Research Design and Methods

    Zinn, Jens O. (et al.)

    Pages 67-79

  • Risk in The New York Times

    Zinn, Jens O. (et al.)

    Pages 81-136

  • Risk, Health and Medicine in The New York Times

    Zinn, Jens O. (et al.)

    Pages 137-154

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64158-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64157-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Risk in The New York Times (1987–2014)
Book Subtitle
A corpus-based exploration of sociological theories
Authors
Series Title
Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64158-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64158-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64157-7
Series ISSN
2523-7268
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 177
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations
Topics