Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Textual Analysis of the Soma Mining Disaster
by Davis, Miles, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 115; 10273837
Abstract (Summary)

This paper is a case study of the Soma mining disaster that took place on May 13, 2014. The disaster ultimately resulted in the deaths of 301 miners. To better understand how this incident was portrayed in newspaper coverage, a textual analysis of frames was conducted. In order to garner the broadest possible scope regarding the depiction of this disaster, newspapers with varying political and religious affiliations were examined. These frames were analyzed to identify elements of classical propaganda in news organizations regardless of political or religious affiliation.

Coverage from four daily newspapers (Yeni Şafak, Sabah, Cumhuriyet, and Everensel) was analyzed for frames that emphasize nationalism, Islamism, or worker-employer relations. The study found that the most commonly used elements of classical propaganda were: emotional appeals and flag waiving—or the invocation of nationally held symbols to motivate action or thought the audience would not have done on their own volition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hicks, Gary R.
Commitee: Baasanjav, Undrah, Poepsel, Mark
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, Labor relations
Keywords: Soma mine disaster, Turkey
Publication Number: 10273837
ISBN: 978-0-438-00767-3
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