Framing in mass communication research - an overview and assessment

Rens Vliegenthart*

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This article provides an overview of the use of the framing concept in mass communication research. It focuses on the questions what a frame is and how it is measured, how variation in framing can be explained and what the effects of media framing are. Specific attention will be paid to the sociological origins of framing. The article concludes with recommendations for future research. It argues that a more systematic and conceptually precise measurement of framing is warranted and suggests how the scope of frame-building and framing-effects studies can be extended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-948
Number of pages12
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


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