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On Words and Discourse: From Quantitative to Qualitative



Type:   Partie ou chapitre de livre
Titre:   On Words and Discourse: From Quantitative to Qualitative
Auteur(s):   Baillat, Alice (PhD) - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
Emprin, Fabien - Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) (Auteur)
Ramel, Frédéric (1972-...) - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
In:   Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations
Date de publication:   2017-11-18
Éditeur:   Palgrave Macmillan
Pages:   151-165  p.
ISBN:   9783319619781
Mots-clés:   [en] textual analysis, political theory, methods, data
Résumé:   [en] This chapter introduces two types of methods of textual analasys by dealing with an empirical case (the state of the union discourses of the Bush Jr. and Obama administrations). The first part demonstrates the interest of using statistical textual analysis to explore voluminous corpus of texts, test assumptions, identify major lexical worlds and increase methodological rigor of textual data analysis. The second test of methods comes from political theory, with a focus on specific textual dimensions: classical or Straussian approach (the exegesis of texts), neo-Marxism (the linguistic structure of hegemony), Cambridge school or Skinnerian perspective (the usage of linguistic conventions in conceptual and historical contexts). By linking these two kinds of methods, the chapter intends to show the advantages of cross-fertilization between quantitative and qualitative tools for understanding political discourses.

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