A Question of Respect: A Qualitative Text Analysis of the Canadian Parliamentary Committee Hearings on The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

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Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Mary Burns, and Kerry Porth, "A Question of Respect: A Qualitative Text Analysis of the Canadian Parliamentary Committee Hearings on The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act," Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique (forthcoming, December 2017).

Date created: 
2017-12
Keywords: 
Prostitution policy
Qualitative text analysis
Parliamentary hearings
Parliamentary committees
Abstract: 

We evaluate the Canadian parliamentary hearings on The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act to determine whether respectful and fair deliberation occurred.  Our focus is on the content, tone, and nature of each question posed by committee members in hearings in both chambers.  We find that, on the whole, the vast majority of questions met this baseline, but that committee members were biased toward witnesses in agreement with their position and against witnesses in opposition to it.  In addition to our substantive findings, we contribute methodological insights, including a coding scheme, for this kind of qualitative text analysis.

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English
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Article
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
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