Date of Award
B.A. in Political Science
Democratic socialism, The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Bernie Sanders, Framing, Frames, Political Discourse Analysis (PDA)
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Political Science
Nancy Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Seth Masket, Ph.D.
Lapo Salucci, Ph.D.
In light of the rising prominence of the democratic socialist movement (DSM) in the United States, this thesis performs a discourse analysis of the frames utilized in pro-movement literature. Through the evaluation of five full-length books, I strive to answer the following research questions: How has pro-movement literature framed the DSM? What is the significance of the frames that have been employed? Based on qualitative observations reinforced with a minor quantitative study, I identify thirteen frames that are significant across pro-DSM literature. Then, in analyzing these frames, I argue that they can largely be categorized into three groups: 1) as tools meant to highlight the ways the DSM rationally and morally merits support; 2) as structures meant to contrast the DSM with its ideological and political opponents in order to emphasize its supremacy; 3) as mechanisms that encourage readers to mobilize on behalf of the DSM so that the movement can flourish in the future. It is my assertion that these frames are significant because they represent an attempt to create new advocates for the causes of the DSM, strengthen the resolve of present DSM adherents, and help the movement to build on present momentum so that it can prosper.
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Rouse, Elizabeth H., "Framing the Democratic Socialist Movement: A Discourse Analysis of Pro-Movement Literature" (2022). Undergraduate Theses, Capstones, and Recitals. 5.