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Framing Protest and Insurgency : Boko Haram and MASSOB in Nigeria

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Sändig, Jan:
Framing Protest and Insurgency : Boko Haram and MASSOB in Nigeria.
In: Civil Wars. Vol. 17 (2015) Issue 2 . - pp. 141-160.
ISSN 1743-968X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2015.1070450

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Why do some protest movements erupt into rebellion, whereas others protest peacefully under similar circumstances? Addressing this question, this paper investigates the cases of Boko Haram (rebellion) and MASSOB (non-violent protest) in contemporary Nigeria. Conventional explanations of rebellion focusing on opportunity, inequality, and repression cannot explain why these movements have pursued different protest strategies. This paper tries to explain this puzzle by investigating the signifying work and meaning construction of both movements drawing on the framing approach from social movement studies. The framing analysis shows that the different protest behavior largely results from the differing cultural context of both movements, from the agency of the framers, and from successful frame alignment, which results in frame resonance and, thereby, the successful mobilization for collective action.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 09:01
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 09:01
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56227