Sociology Index


Textual analysis is analysis of written or spoken texts as a way to understand social life. This form of textual analysis has become more common with postmodern sociology. Textual analysis is derived largely from structuralism and French structuralists such as Claude Levi-Strauss, Paul Michel Foucault and Jean Piaget who studied human thought, myths, story telling, and texts. Foucault argues that the way we see and understand the world, which is represented in written or spoken texts. Textual analysis is central to understanding a particular time period or society and the way power is organized.

Analysing Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research - by Norm Fairclough. Analysing Discourse is an accessible introduction to text and discourse analysis for all students and researchers seeking to use and investigate real language data. 'This is a thorough and detailed introduction to textual analysis which will benefit those to whom it is mainly directed: students and researchers in social science and humanities. - Iescalate.

Dear Reader: A textual analysis of magazine editorials 
Thompson S.; de Klerk V.
Abstract: This research aimed to investigate the conventions and differences that exist across the genre of the editorial column in magazines, which included investigating how the form of editorials is related to their functions and how ideology is conveyed implicitly and explicitly. The research draws on various levels of discourse analysis advocated by different theorists, ranging from the surface grammatical level to the deeper, more socio-cultural perspectives, which is what Bhatia (1993) recommends as part of his "thicker description".

Communication Research and Textual Analysis: Prospects and Problems of Theoretical Convergence - Mauro Wolf 
Recent developments in communication theory, particularly the emphasis on media constructions of reality, have created possibilities of convergence between previously unrelated approaches—on the one hand long-standing communication research traditions and on the other, varieties of semiotic and discourse analysis that have challenged conventional methods of content analysis. The article reviews both the prospects for their integration and the difficulties to be faced. Much centres on how relations between the `model reader' and the `empirical reader' of texts is concerned.

Chimera Veil of "Iranian Woman" and Processes of U.S. Textual Commodification: How U.S. Print Media Represent Iran - Elli Lester Roushanzamir, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens 
This research explores how U.S. print media construct a specific commodified version and vision of Iran by using consistent and iconic images of Iranian women. The text for analysis comprises print media reports from 1995 to 1998, including a range of stories from serious news to fashion and other entertainment. The method, critical textual analysis, uses verbal and visual evidence to interrogate the social, ideological practices involved.