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Open hearts or smoke and mirrors: metaphorical framing and frame conflicts in a public meeting

Ritchie, L. David and Cameron, Lynne (2014). Open hearts or smoke and mirrors: metaphorical framing and frame conflicts in a public meeting. Metaphor and Symbol, 29(3) pp. 204–223.

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The concept of framing has been widely used to help understand how aspects of messages can shape people’s expectations and consequently influence the outcomes of communicative interactions. In this study we examine transcripts of a contentious and ultimately unsuccessful public meeting between police officials and members of the African American community following the fatal shooting of a young African American woman by police officers. We show how contradictory framing between public officials and members of the community as well as within each group may have contributed to unintended and asymmetrical ironies, and ultimately to the failure of the meeting to achieve the objectives of either group. We suggest steps that might lead to better outcomes in similar situations in the future.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1532-7868
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Living with Uncertainty: Metaphor and the Dynamics of Empathy in DiscourseES/G033978/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Not SetRES/071270039ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: irony; framing; frame conflict; metaphor; multiple audiences; police-community relations
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 40648
Depositing User: Lynne Cameron
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 21:11
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