Textual analysis is analysis
of written or spoken texts as a way to understand social life. While this form of analysis
has become more common with postmodern sociology, it is derived largely from French
structuralist such as Claude Levi-Strauss, 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
Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research - by Norm Fairclough
'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.
Analysing Discourse is an accessible introduction to text and discourse analysis for all
students and researchers seeking to use and investigate real language data.
Dear Reader: A
textual analysis of magazine editorials
Authors: 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".
Research and Textual Analysis: Prospects and Problems of Theoretical Convergence -
Recent developments in communication theory, particularly the emphasis on media
constructions of reality, have created possibilities of convergence between previously
unrelated approacheson 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