Risk in The New York Times (1987–2014)

A corpus-based exploration of sociological theories

  • Jens O. Zinn
  • Daniel McDonald

Part of the Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty book series (CRSTRU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 7-65
  4. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 67-79
  5. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 81-136
  6. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 137-154
  7. Jens O. Zinn, Daniel McDonald
    Pages 155-169
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 171-177

About this book


This book investigates to what extent claims of common social science risk theories such as risk society, governmentality, risk and culture, risk colonisation and culture of fear are reflected in linguistic changes in print news media. The authors provide a corpus-based investigation of risk words in The New York Times (1987-2014) and a case study of the health domain.

The book presents results from an interdisciplinary enterprise which combines sociological risk theories with a systematic functional theory of language to conduct an empirical analysis of linguistic patterns and social change. It will be of interest to students and scholars interested in corpus linguistics and digital humanities, and social scientists looking for new research strategies to examine long term social change.


Risk and culture Risk society thesis Communication of possible harm Computational linguistics Grammatical analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Jens O. Zinn
    • 1
  • Daniel McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Eberhard Karls UniversityTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64157-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64158-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7268
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7276
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