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Analysing Text in Social Movement Research: Discourse, Frame and Content Analysis


Tuesday, 16 April 2019 to Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Total hours: 20
Hours of lectures: 20

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


April-May 2020 – Lorenzo Zamponi


Analysing Text in Social Movement Research:
Discourse, Frame and Content Analysis


In the last three decades, researchers interested in social movements have been increasingly focusing on the cognitive mechanisms that shape collective action, introducing linguistic and cognitive elements in their toolbox. The analysis of texts in order to investigate the meaning participants give to their action has become a common tool of research in collective action. These approaches to the in-depth study of qualitative data in the area of social movement studies will be the focus of this course. In particular, the course willl focus on discourse analysis, frame analysis, analysis of interview material, media analysis and analysis of digital texts, pointing out both the methodological and epistemological implications of the different approaches and suggestions for their practical implementation. Furthermore, the seminal will introduce the use of software for qualitative data analysis. Drawing on actual research examples and in-class exercises, the instructor will guide students throughout the main steps of qualitative data analysis, hence also critically considering some of the most common challenges.



1)      Why analysing text: looking for info and looking for meaning

Thursday April 16th, 10-13


2)      Discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis

Friday April 24th, 10-13


3)      Frame analysis

Tuesday April 28th, 14.30-17


4)      Analysing interviews material

Wednesday May 6th, 14.30-17


5)      Media and digital text analysis

Friday May 15th, 10-13


6)      Quantitative content analysis

Tuesday May 19th, 14.30-17


7)      Software for text analysis

Friday May 29th, 10-13