Securitization of media reporting on climate change? A cross-national analysis in nine countries (2016)
Authors: Mike S Schäfer, Jürgen Scheffran, Logan Penniket
Description: In searching for securitizing language, the ‘dictionary approach’ (Krippendorff, 2004: 283) of computer-assisted textual analysis, or text-mining, was adopted. A word list was developed using an iterative approximation of both deductive and inductive steps in order to operationalize securitization and some of its most crucial facets. The search dictionary was compiled on the basis of words that occurred frequently in newspaper articles discussing the potential security implications of climate change, or raising the issue of climate change in the context of security. From an initial word list based on theoretical accounts of securitization, a basic search string was created and the newspaper database was searched using QDA Miner and WordStat software.