The place of framing: multiple audiences and antiwar protests near Fort Bragg

Heaney, M. T. and Rojas, F. (2006) The place of framing: multiple audiences and antiwar protests near Fort Bragg. Qualitative Sociology, 29(4), pp. 485-505. (doi: 10.1007/s11133-006-9040-y)

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Social movement leaders regularly invoke geographic places—such as cities, parks, and monuments—as symbols in strategic efforts to frame social movement activity. This article examines how place affects framing processes inside a movement and counterprotester responses with an ethnography of anti-Iraq War protests in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We show how place attracts the attention of movement leaders, creates opportunities for local community members to assert their interests, suppresses some frames within the movement, and encourages opponents to co-opt the meaning of place for their own ends. The multiple meanings of place can broaden the scope of conflict and reduce a movement leader’s ability unilaterally to define a movement’s agenda and public image.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research received generous support from the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University, the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, and the Department of Sociology at Indiana University.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heaney, Dr Michael
Authors: Heaney, M. T., and Rojas, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Qualitative Sociology
ISSN (Online):1573-7837
Published Online:21 September 2006

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