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Examining the Implications of Cultural Frames on Social Movements and Group Action

Daphna Oyserman and Armand Lauffer

in Understanding Genocide

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195133622
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133622.003.0008
Examining the Implications of Cultural Frames on Social Movements and Group Action

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What is the connection between individual-democratic and group-ethnic worldviews and the risk of organized bloodshed? This chapter claims that at least part of the answer lies in the ways social movements capitalize on existing cultural frames to create local meanings conducive to organized violence against out-groups. This perspective builds on an emerging cultural focus within social psychology and draws attention to the ways a society's codes and values become part of the very fabric of an individual's perceptual frame. Using this social-psychological approach to understanding genocide focuses attention on the role of cultural frame in shaping meaning — through norms, values, and the sense made of actions — as it relates to intergroup relations.

Keywords: social movements; organized violence; genocide; out-groups; intergroup relations; social psychology; cultural frames

Chapter.  11099 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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