Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A framing analysis and model of Barack Obama in political cartoons
by Palmer, Anthony, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2011, 212; 3488389
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation proposes a typology of the frames that uniquely characterize political cartoons, including first-order, second-order and overarching frames. It then proposes a model of the frame building process in political cartoons based on framing influences, first-order frames, rhetorical themes, framing devices and overarching frames. This model of frame building is tested in a content analysis of 496 political cartoons of Barack Obama covering the time from his presidential candidacy through his first year as president. The proposed frames and identified framing devices are analyzed against the different stages of Obama's campaign and presidency as well as the ideological slants of the cartoonists. Results showed that cartoonists tended to focus on politicking during Obama's campaign, but addressed policy during his presidency. Results also showed that cartoonists tended to portray news in their cartoons of Obama as part of a theme or broader narrative. Implications of this frame-building model on framing theory are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wei, Ran
Commitee: Campbell, Kenneth, Collins, Erik, Shaw, Todd
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Journalism and Mass Communications
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science, Mass communications
Keywords: Content analysis, Framing, Obama, Barack, Political cartoons, Political communication, Rhetorical analysis
Publication Number: 3488389
ISBN: 9781267083432
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