A frame analysis of Hungarians' intentions after 1989

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2003-01-01
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Pan, Yijiang
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"This article applies frame theory to portrayals of Hungarians' intentions and their rationales for these intentions in one Hungarian newspaper's editorials from 1990 to 1997. In 1989, Hungary became an independent country and started its transition from a Soviet Union style communist country to a democratic country. Hypothetically, this social change would have a huge impact on Hungarians' way of understanding each other's intentions. In particular, this study investigates whether evidence exists for a change in these understandings from a ""permission frame"" that governs people's actions by permission, to a ""community frame"" that governs people's actions by a desire for a better community. A data set was collected from editorials in Hungary's largest newspaper, Népszabadság. The newspaper's popularity leads to my belief that the intentions and rationales portrayed in these editorials are likely to have helped shape public discussions on the issues addressed within them. They hypothesis is tested using content analysis. The results show no evidence for any permission frame, but some evidence for a shift toward a community frame during the period under study."

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