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Elite stigmatization of the unemployed: the association between framing and public attitudes

Okoroji, Celestin ORCID: 0000-0002-6238-7074, Gleibs, Ilka H. ORCID: 0000-0002-9913-250X and Jovchelovitch, Sandra ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-2792 (2021) Elite stigmatization of the unemployed: the association between framing and public attitudes. British Journal of Psychology, 112 (1). 207 - 229. ISSN 0007-1269

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Identification Number: 10.1111/bjop.12450


This paper uses a multi-methods approach to explore the social psychological construction of stigma towards the unemployed. Study 1a uses thematic analysis to explore frames used by political elites in speeches at U.K. national party conferences between 1996 and 2016 (n = 43); in study 1b, we track the usage of these frames in six national newspapers (n = 167,723 articles) over the same period showing an increase in the use of negative frames. Study 1c shows that these are associated with national attitudes towards welfare recipients using the British Social Attitude Survey. We find the ‘Othering’ frame is correlated with negative attitudes towards the unemployed, even when controlling for the unemployment rate. This finding supports the claim that social attitudes are related to frames produced in the political and media spheres. We provide theoretical integration between social representations theory and framing which affords development in both domains.

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Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 08:18
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 21:09

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