My former student Alec and I just got an acceptance for a paper we started in the Summer of 2020 called "How the media uses the phrase 'Identity Politics'". It was accepted at PS: Political Science and Politics.
In this paper, we look at the recent uptick in the mainstream media's use of this word, which peaked in 2016. We then code its use for a number of features including the tone, which side of the political spectrum it is tied to and whether the use was editorialized or not. We also argue that political communication theories such as second level agenda setting (or framing) should be used to analyze how the media uses emerging phrases such as this (ie. "woke", "cancel culture" etc) In the past, scholars have content analyzed similar phrases (like "politically correct") without really applying political science or political communication theories to the analysis. We should!