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Resilience as a Public Object. A Longitudinal Press Analysis of the Press Representations of Resilience in Italy, Spain, and France

Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Complesso Studium 2000, Edificio 5, via di Valesio angolo viale San Nicola, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(6), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8060189
Received: 4 April 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 10 June 2019 / Published: 15 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Contemporary Politics and Society)
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Abstract

The notion of “resilience” has spilled over from the field of science and entered the field of policy, turning into a public and political object. The current study explores the social representations of resilience produced by press discourses between 2001 and 2017 in three different national contexts (Spain, France, and Italy), and examines the degree to which such representations incorporate technical and scientific meanings or rather include new components. A total amount of 1,298 articles published in three national newspapers (La Repubblica, Italy; Le Monde, France; and El Pais, Spain) were collected and analyzed for themes using the T-LAB software. The findings revealed more similarities than differences among the countries. The interest towards the topic increased over time, with the representations of resilience becoming more and more diversified and multifaceted. The technical and scientific components remained in the background, while a “practical theory” of resilience emerged, echoing the use of the concept in policy making, specifically in the European Union institutions approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; media analysis; semantic analysis; comparative study; social representations; automatized text analysis resilience; media analysis; semantic analysis; comparative study; social representations; automatized text analysis
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Rochira, A.; Mannarini, T.; De Simone, E.; Verbena, S.; Manfreda, A. Resilience as a Public Object. A Longitudinal Press Analysis of the Press Representations of Resilience in Italy, Spain, and France. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 189.

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