This short concluding chapter provides both a summary of the empirical findings presented throughout the thesis, and a reconnection of the theoretical and empirical claims.
A Paper Presented to the Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, at Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2005
The first aim of this paper is to explore the current state of knowledge represented by the framing approach to social movements. The second aim is to describe a particular approach to understanding the political significance of cycles of contention in terms of the way activists come to understand the world and their place in it. What I will term ‘relational frame analysis’ (RFA) is a conceptual structure that aims to develop that side of the framing approach that aims particularly at understanding the ideas and debates represented by movement activity. I hope to explain the merits of this approach in terms of its ability to pull together a number of key concepts for understanding movement culture, and to give a philosophically coherent understanding of the connections between various levels of analysis. Continue reading Relational Frame Analysis: Finding People and Politics in Interpretive Frame Theory