Framing: The Search for a Lens of Understanding

  • Tineke Abma
  • Sarah Banks
  • Tina Cook
  • Sónia Dias
  • Wendy Madsen
  • Jane Springett
  • Michael T. Wright

Chapter Summary


In this chapter you will be shown the collaborative process and steps that need to be taken to frame the research. Framing is essentially a way of looking at the world; a frame is a lens of understanding. Frameworks are critical for the interpretation and understanding of practices and lives. The process of framing consists of exploring various, sometimes unarticulated, frameworks and choosing those that are relevant to critically analyze the problems at hand, and offer insights to promote critical collective action. Exercises are presented to assist you in facilitating a group process for framing the research. Short examples throughout the chapter illustrate the concepts discussed, the challenges frequently faced when adopting this approach, and possible solutions.


To guide you in framing the research together with the local research team.

Central Question

How do we choose relevant frameworks for critical analysis in our research?


Frameworks Discursive power Reframing Unarticulated frameworks Ways of knowing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tineke Abma
    • 1
  • Sarah Banks
    • 2
  • Tina Cook
    • 3
  • Sónia Dias
    • 4
  • Wendy Madsen
    • 5
  • Jane Springett
    • 6
  • Michael T. Wright
    • 7
  1. 1.Amsterdam Public Health Research InstituteVU University Medical CentreAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of SociologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  3. 3.Department of Disability and EducationLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.National School of Public HealthUniversidade Nova LisboaLisbonPortugal
  5. 5.School of Health, Medical & Applied SciencesCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  6. 6.Centre for Healthy Communities, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  7. 7.Institute for Social HealthCatholic University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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