Framing Processes and Social Movements: An Overview and Assessment

  title={Framing Processes and Social Movements: An Overview and Assessment},
  author={Robert D. Benford and David A. Snow},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
■ Abstract The recent proliferation of scholarship on collective action frames and framing processes in relation to social movements indicates that framing processes have come to be regarded, alongside resource mobilization and political opportunity processes, as a central dynamic in understanding the character and course of social movements. This review examines the analytic utility of the framing literature for un- derstanding social movement dynamics. We first review how collective action… 

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