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Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

81 sense of the flavour

81 sense of the flavour of the data as a whole. In turn, researchers are able to test and to revise their generalizations, removing nagging doubts about the accuracy of their impressions about the data. As will be noted throughout the presentation of the results in chapters four, five and six, the researcher has attempted to provide simple tabulations of the categories of coded paragraphs for each frame detected and to demonstrate the strength or weakness of a frame from these tabulations. This form of validation has been made even stronger in this study because all the possible editorials in the one hundred days period for all the three case studies were entered into analysis. Thus a comprehensive survey and analysis of the fullest possible data was made possible by this research design. According to Gall, Borg and Gall (1996, p.582) carefully selected direct quotations from the text under study are effective for clarifying “the emic perspective, that is, the meaning of the phenomenon from the point of view of the participants”. In this study, the researcher has endeavoured to provide appropriate quotations from the corpora in order to illustrate and establish the veracity of claims being made. Further, a reporting style in which the researcher‟s voice does not intrude into the analytic narrative has been adopted. In addition, the reporting style in this thesis endeavours to provide a cross-arena analysis of the frames. This is to say that if similar frames have been identified in both the newspapers and the parliamentary arena, an attempt has been made to report the convergences and divergences between the two arenas. This is in line with Gall, Borg and Gall (1996, p.583)‟s argument for a cross-case analysis focusing on concepts, themes and patterns across case studies. Further, the thesis attempts to provide thick description by giving contextual information about the state of the newspapers landscape and the National Assembly at the beginning of findings chapter.

82 3.5.2 Researcher Positioning and Peer Review According to Gall, Borg, and Gall (1996, p.20) reflexivity refers to the “focus on the researcher‟s self as an integral constructor of the social reality being studied”. In this respect, the qualitative researcher must always be mindful of the biases and prejudices he may bring to the research study. In this respect, these include personal feelings and experiences that should not be permitted to cloud the analysis of the research findings. With specific reference to the frame identification process, van Gorp (2010, p.93) argues that frame identification is a process achieved by the reconstruction of “the underlying, culturally embedded frames in a text. . . ”. In this respect, frame analysis scholars have constantly debated over whether or not “the researcher should be a member of a cultural group” (p. 93) from which the text is being drawn. In this study, the researcher is a member of the broader national group from which the text of this study is drawn. He was also a radio journalist in Malawi for some years. After leaving the journalism profession, the researcher has taught journalism and communication courses at the University of Malawi‟s Bunda College of Agriculture. This makes him part of the cauldron that produced the editorial text used in this study. This is to say that the researcher is very much aware of the production processes of newspaper editorials. As a citizen of Malawi, he is also aware of the prevailing national political dynamics which influence parliamentary speeches in the National Assembly. In view of the above, van Gorp (2010, p.93) urges frame theory analysis researchers “to maintain some distance from personal thinking patterns in order to grasp the striking and natural characteristics” (p.93) of the aspect under study. Van Gorp (2010) advises that ideally frame researchers should discuss their analysis and findings with others who will bring a different cultural perspective to the study.

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