Using computer-aided content analysis to map a research domain: a case study of institutional legitimacy in postconflict East Timor

Fisk, Kylie, Cherney, Adrian, Hornsey, Matthew and Smith, Andrew (2012) Using computer-aided content analysis to map a research domain: a case study of institutional legitimacy in postconflict East Timor. Sage Open, 2 4: 1-15. doi:10.1177/2158244012467788

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Author Fisk, Kylie
Cherney, Adrian
Hornsey, Matthew
Smith, Andrew
Title Using computer-aided content analysis to map a research domain: a case study of institutional legitimacy in postconflict East Timor
Journal name Sage Open   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2158-2440
Publication date 2012-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/2158244012467788
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3300 Social Sciences
1200 Arts and Humanities
Abstract Content analysis is a powerful tool for investigating attitudes expressed in naturally occurring language data. It is a useful tool to help researchers develop an understanding of a specific research field through identifying how particular issues or topics have been conceptualized or where fieldwork can be limited or prohibitive. This is especially true for research on postconflict reconstruction, where large-scale quantitative surveying or metareviews of the literature can be prohibitive. The present study provides a case study of how a particular content analysis software program—Leximancer—was used to map factors associated with institutional legitimacy in postconflict societies. The case of Timor-Leste is used as an example. We examine texts at three levels of discourse: at the academic, official, and primary levels. Results indicate differing perspectives on legitimacy at each level of discourse. This article offers a snapshot of a potential method for understanding how particular topics are conceptualized within a specific research field and can thus help in the development of evaluation methods or data collection instruments.
Keyword Legitimacy
Content analysis
Research methods
Postconflict societies
Q-Index Code C1
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