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What’s in the news? A multiscalar text analysis approach to exploring news media discourses for managing protected areas in Switzerland


Komossa, Franziska; Kong, Inhye; Purves, Ross S (2024). What’s in the news? A multiscalar text analysis approach to exploring news media discourses for managing protected areas in Switzerland. Landscape Research:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Park management is often hampered where discourses – encompassing views, values and interests about parks - differ, emphasising the important role public engagement plays in park planning and management. News media are a promising source of unstructured text material for exploring environmental discourses. Here, we combine computational distant reading and close readings across temporal and thematic scales, with the overall aim of demonstrating how a multiscalar approach can be effectively used to explore discourses related to protected areas. We illustrate our aim through a case study in two Swiss Regional Parks with the objectives of a) computationally identifying emerging topics since the formation of the parks through distant reading and b) performing a detailed close reading exploring the discourses around two dominant topics. This multiscalar approach forms the cornerstone of our findings and allows us to explore different ways in which the two parks are valued and debated.

Abstract

Park management is often hampered where discourses – encompassing views, values and interests about parks - differ, emphasising the important role public engagement plays in park planning and management. News media are a promising source of unstructured text material for exploring environmental discourses. Here, we combine computational distant reading and close readings across temporal and thematic scales, with the overall aim of demonstrating how a multiscalar approach can be effectively used to explore discourses related to protected areas. We illustrate our aim through a case study in two Swiss Regional Parks with the objectives of a) computationally identifying emerging topics since the formation of the parks through distant reading and b) performing a detailed close reading exploring the discourses around two dominant topics. This multiscalar approach forms the cornerstone of our findings and allows us to explore different ways in which the two parks are valued and debated.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Physical Sciences > General Environmental Science
Physical Sciences > Nature and Landscape Conservation
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Language:English
Date:6 June 2024
Deposited On:04 Jul 2024 09:30
Last Modified:05 Jul 2024 20:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1469-9710
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2024.2358234
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)