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Conflict over natural resource management a social indicator based on analysis of online news media textAuthor(s): David N. Bengston; David P. Fan
Source: Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 12. P. 493-500. (1999)
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionAn indicator of the level of conflict over natural resource management was developed and applied to the case of U.S. national forest policy and management. Computer-coded content analysis was used to identify expressions of conflict in a national database of almost 10,000 news media stories about the U.S. Forest Service. Changes in the amount of news media discussion involving conflict were tracked over the 5-year period from 1992 through 1996. The relative level of conflict over national forest policy and management measured by this indicator was found to correspond with major conflict-related events during this time period, This social indicator could be used to evaluate policies intended ro reduce conflict, monitor contentious issues, and identify emerging areas of conflict.
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CitationBengston, David N.; Fan, David P. 1999. Conflict over natural resource management a social indicator based on analysis of online news media text. Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 12. P. 493-500. (1999)
Keywordscomputer-coded, conflict, content analysis, national forest, natural forest, natural resource management, news media, social indicator, USDA Forest Service
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