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Frame changes and social movement contraction: U.S. Peace movement framing after the cold war

Marullo, S and Pagnucco, R and Smith, J (1996) Frame changes and social movement contraction: U.S. Peace movement framing after the cold war. Sociological Inquiry, 66 (1). 1 - 28. ISSN 0038-0245

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This study analyzes framing processes and their relationships with ongoing social movement change. We examine peace frames found among U.S. peace movement organizations (PMOs) in its period of contraction at the end of the Cold War. On the basis of analysis of a unique two-wave survey of U.S. peace movement organizations in 1988 and 1992, we assess the extent to which organizational framing of the peace problematic changed. We found an overall shift in emphases from more bilateral frames like the nuclear weapons freeze to frames emphasizing multilateralism and global interdependence. PMO frame transformations that took place between 1988 and 1992 represent a trend towards broader, more radical (or structural) and less exclusive peace movement frames. We describe the frame transformations observed here as the emergence of "retention frames." Retention frames embody several dimensions of movement abeyance structures and serve to sustain organizational continuity across episodes of movement surges and contraction.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Marullo, S
Pagnucco, R
Smith, Jjgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH0000-0002-4808-0391
Date: 1 January 1996
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Inquiry
Volume: 66
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 28
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1475-682x.1996.tb00206.x
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0038-0245
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 21:59
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 16:55


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