Conflict over natural resource management: A social indicator based on analysis of online news media text

David N. Bengston, David P. Fan

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Abstract

An indicator of the level of conflict over natural resource management was devel oped 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 con flict 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 to reduce conflict, monitor contentious issues, and identify emerging areas of conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-500
Number of pages8
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1999

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Content analysis
  • National forest
  • Natural
  • News media
  • Resource management
  • Social indicator
  • Usda forest service

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