Justifications Analysis : Understanding Moral Evaluations in Public Debates

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Yla-Anttila , T & Luhtakallio , E 2016 , ' Justifications Analysis : Understanding Moral Evaluations in Public Debates ' , Sociological Research Online , vol. 21 , no. 4 , 4 . https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.4099

Title: Justifications Analysis : Understanding Moral Evaluations in Public Debates
Author: Yla-Anttila, Tuomas; Luhtakallio, Eeva
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, University of Tampere
Date: 2016-11-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Sociological Research Online
ISSN: 1360-7804
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/174290
Abstract: This article introduces Justifications Analysis, a methodological approach for studying moral evaluations made in public debates. Established approaches to content analysis, most often building on the concept of framing, tend to overlook the moral dimension of public deliberation. We draw on Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thevenot's justification theory to present a typology of moral justifications, that is, ways of justifying arguments referring to varying understandings of the common good. We illustrate the use of the method through two case studies, one on the media debate on globalization and another on local political conflicts. We argue that this approach is particularly useful for understanding the differing degrees of institutionalization of moral categories and power relations within and across cultural contexts.
Subject: Morality
Valuation and Evaluation
Justification
Content Analysis
Framing
PRAGMATIC SOCIOLOGY
5141 Sociology
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