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“As We Come Marching”: Framing Amplification and Transformation Through Songs and Poetry

Bringing Down Divides

ISBN: 978-1-78769-406-4, eISBN: 978-1-78769-405-7

ISSN: 0163-786X

Publication date: 7 October 2019

Abstract

We use framing theory to analyze songs and poetry from the US women’s movement. Specifically, we utilize frame amplification and transformation as concepts to answer the question: did messages in songs and poetry from the women’s movement change as the movement achieved its original goal of suffrage? Furthermore, are there new organizational goals mentioned in musical artifacts from the second-wave feminist movement? And, if so, why? We find that songs became more radical in the second wave of the women’s movement. This shift reflects and reconstitutes the changing concerns of social movement activists. We demonstrate how frame amplification and transformation are important theoretical concepts in explaining the ideological shifts found in songs and poetry from the first- and second-wave women’s movement.

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Danaher, W.F. and Crawshaw, T.L. (2019), "“As We Come Marching”: Framing Amplification and Transformation Through Songs and Poetry", Bringing Down Divides (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 43), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 63-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-786X20190000043009

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