Rationalization and Collective Action in South Korean Anti-Americanism : A socio-cultural frame analysis
Haney, Randy G
Graduate School of International Studies Korea University
Socio-Cultural Collective Action Anti-Americanism;
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This study shows how a proposed phenomenological social constructivist exploration of anti-Americanism in South Korea is pertinent for multidimensional understandings. The issue is first set in context including the acquisition of a perspective on the history of how the issue of anti-Americanism has been approached in the past. Then, there is a brief disquisition concerning the understanding of South Korean anti-Americanism as socially constructed reality. The theme is then traced and examined utilizing a socio-cultural frame analysis technique centered on two frames. It is witnessed that such a framing methodology informed by social constructivist tactics sustains powerful explanatory potential for South Korean anti-Americanism. The first frame of analysis concerns how threats and grievances that facilitate anti-US sentiment are perceived and conceptualized. Additionally, what are some other specifics that need to be known before researchers can determine what any particular anti-American action signifies? The second frame of analysis centers on implications from collective action research associated with media discourse on influencing public opinion and looks at a case study involving the deaths of two Korean middle school girls at the hands of the US military stationed in South Korea. This method of analysis seeks to improve scholarly understanding of framing's role in anti-American actions as well as public opinion formation resulting from media input. It also opens up new ways of thinking about event data related to anti-Americanism and the assessment of validity.