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Where is the Frame?

Where is the Frame? In this article an empirically oriented conceptualization of frames is developed,using the issue of asylum and illegal immigration in the Belgian press as a testcase. The methodological focus of this study is on the question of how these framescan be detected in the coverage. How can they be defined independently of theresearcher’s perspective, knowing that the naming of frames in itselfalready involves a kind of framing? Two frames are reconstructed and deductively‘measured’ by a content analysis: on the one hand,‘asylum-seekers are innocent victims’ and, on the other hand,‘asylum-seekers are intruders’. In the second phase, thisarticle examines to what extent eight Belgian newspapers used these two frames tocover the issue of asylum. A homogeneity analysis by means of HOMALS is introducedin the framing research. It turns out to be a fruitful way to establish the framesin the news more precisely. The construction of indices made it possible to explorethe evolution of the use of frames over time. Surprisingly, the Christmas mood was afactor that caused a frame-shift and it even led to a media hype. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Communication SAGE

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0267-3231
eISSN
1460-3705
DOI
10.1177/0267323105058253
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Abstract

In this article an empirically oriented conceptualization of frames is developed,using the issue of asylum and illegal immigration in the Belgian press as a testcase. The methodological focus of this study is on the question of how these framescan be detected in the coverage. How can they be defined independently of theresearcher’s perspective, knowing that the naming of frames in itselfalready involves a kind of framing? Two frames are reconstructed and deductively‘measured’ by a content analysis: on the one hand,‘asylum-seekers are innocent victims’ and, on the other hand,‘asylum-seekers are intruders’. In the second phase, thisarticle examines to what extent eight Belgian newspapers used these two frames tocover the issue of asylum. A homogeneity analysis by means of HOMALS is introducedin the framing research. It turns out to be a fruitful way to establish the framesin the news more precisely. The construction of indices made it possible to explorethe evolution of the use of frames over time. Surprisingly, the Christmas mood was afactor that caused a frame-shift and it even led to a media hype.

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European Journal of CommunicationSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2005

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