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Frame analysis offers a theoretical, methodological, and critical tool for exploring processes of meaning making and influence among governmental and social elites, news media, and the public. This entry provides an examination of frame analysis by defining its key terms and identifying four relevant methodological questions. This entry then applies frame analysis to a timely case study related to the War on Terror and concludes by discussing future directions for research.

Key Terms

According to Stephen Reese, a frame is a socially shared organizing principle that works symbolically to shape democratic discourse and influence public opinion by creating and promoting particular vocabularies. Frames appear most vividly in media coverage. Consider the journalistic choices that precede a news story about a crime in your neighborhood, an Occupy Wall ...

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