Social movement scholarship points to the significance of collective identity in social movement emergence. This chapter examines the relationship between structural identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality, and the collective identity of student activist conferences in order to analyze how groups succeed or fail at engaging difference. Utilizing ethnographic participant observation at two student activist conferences – one of majority Black students and the other of majority white male students – this chapter employs an intersectional framework in analyzing the resonance of organizational collective action frames. This chapter finds that cultural resonance, frame centrality, and experiential commensurability are all important factors in engaging difference, and that the utilization of political intersectionality in framing may shape frame resonance. This framework that applies intersectionality to framing contributes to social movement analysis by recognizing how structural identities shape collective identity and group mobilization.
I would like to thank Lynne M. Woehrle and the other reviewers of this manuscript for incredibly thoughtful and thorough comments. Additionally, I would like to thank Deirdre Royster, Nijah Cunningham, Matt Birkhold, and Paula Austin for their intellectual engagement and critical feedback on earlier versions of this manuscript.
Okechukwu, A. (2014), "Shadows of Solidarity: Identity, Intersectionality, and Frame Resonance", Intersectionality and Social Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 37), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 153-180. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-786X20140000037024
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