Figurative Frames in Political Communication

Event Date: February 8, 2018

On the 8th of February Christian Burgers will give a lecture at the University of Oxford about figurative frames in political communication. Political discourse is rich in figurative language that serves to frame political topics. Consider politicians describing immigration as a “flood”, Brexit as a “divorce” or political institutions as a “swamp”. Such figurative frames can have important implications for political communication. The talk will consider how figurative frames structure and colour political communication. Following an overview of current theory and research on figurative framing, it will present theories of framing from the field of political communication and discuss how figurative frames are used in political discourse, how they affect voters’ political attitudes, and how they change over time.


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