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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 485–505 | Cite as

The Place of Framing: Multiple Audiences and Antiwar Protests near Fort Bragg

  • Michael T. HeaneyEmail author
  • Fabio Rojas
Special Issue: Political Ethnography II

Abstract

Social movement leaders regularly invoke geographic places—such as cities, parks, and monuments—as symbols in strategic efforts to frame social movement activity. This article examines how place affects framing processes inside a movement and counterprotester responses with an ethnography of anti-Iraq War protests in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We show how place attracts the attention of movement leaders, creates opportunities for local community members to assert their interests, suppresses some frames within the movement, and encourages opponents to co-opt the meaning of place for their own ends. The multiple meanings of place can broaden the scope of conflict and reduce a movement leader’s ability unilaterally to define a movement’s agenda and public image.

Keywords

Place Framing Protest Coalitions Countermovements Iraq War 

Abbreviations

FPWJ

Fayetteville Peace with Justice

ISO

International Socialist Organization

IVAW

Iraq Veterans Against the War

MFSO

Military Families Speak Out

NCPJC

North Carolina Peace and Justice Coalition

OVMF

organizations of veterans and military families

PFADP

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty

UFPJ

United for Peace and Justice

VFP

Veterans for Peace

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research received generous support from the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University, the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, and the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. We offer thanks for especially helpful comments and assistance from Bridgette Burge, L. Russell Herman, Jr., Andrew Pearson, Lou Plummer, Amber Wooddy, Jonathan Ellzey, Rob Robinson, Patricia Woods, Leora Vegosen, the editor, and three anonymous reviewers. We dedicate this article to the uncounted tens of thousands of beautiful human beings who died senselessly in the U.S.-Iraq War.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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