Frame Analysis


David, C. C., & Baden, C. (2017). Frame Analysis. In J. Matthes (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods . Wiley.
Frame Analysis



Frames are “central organizing ideas” that provide context, structure, and meaning to information, facilitating a specific interpretation of an issue. Counting among the most popular ideas in communication study in recent years, variants of frame analysis have developed within a variety of disciplines inside and outside of communication. Methodologically, qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to frame analysis can be organized along three dimensions: their capture of latent versus manifest meanings, their adherence to inductive versus deductive processes, and their focus on generic or issue-specific frames. Increasing numbers of studies using frame analytic techniques have resulted in a contested and fragmented set of methods, the most influential of which are discussed in this entry.


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doi: 10.1002/9781118901731.iecrm0109
Last updated on 11/09/2017