Framing the French riots: A comparative study of frame variation

David A. Snow*, Rens Vliegenthart, Catherine Corrigall-Brown

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In an attempt to advance understanding of frame variation and the factors that account for it, we conduct a comparative study of how the Fall 2005 French "riots" were framed diagnostically and prognostically. We examine these framing activities across a diverse set of actors and assess the role of ideological, contextual, attributional and temporal factors hypothesized to account for the observed variation. The data come from a content analysis of articles on the French riots that appeared in newspapers from a half dozen countries during the period in which the riots occurred. Our findings, based primarily on variance and regression analyses, reveal varied support for our hypotheses, suggest the theoretical and analytical utility of examining frame variation beyond the French riots, and raise questions that call for further empirical inquiry regarding framing processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-416
Number of pages32
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


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