Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in by Deana A. Rohlinger

By Deana A. Rohlinger

Weaving jointly analyses of archival fabric, information insurance, and interviews performed with newshounds from mainstream and partisan shops in addition to with activists around the political spectrum, Deana A. Rohlinger reimagines how activists use numerous mediums, occasionally at the same time, to agitate for - and opposed to - felony abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth pictures of 4 teams - the nationwide correct to existence Committee, deliberate Parenthood, the nationwide association for ladies, and anxious girls for the USA - illuminates while teams use media and why they could decide to steer clear of media consciousness altogether. Rohlinger expertly unearths why a few activist teams are extra determined than others to draw media realization and sheds gentle on what this suggests for coverage making and criminal abortion within the twenty-first century.

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A group with strong grassroots chapters, for instance, may initiate state-level lobbying programs in an effort to push through legislation. Unless they have similar grassroots strength, opposing groups may find it difficult to disrupt their adversaries’ efforts. Additionally, opposing groups can espouse similar values, making it difficult for an organization to strategically attack the ideological foundations of its foes (Turner and Killian 1987). Groups, in short, must find strategies that simultaneously forward their goals and undermine the efforts of their opponents.

There are two additional points worth making about reputation. First, reputation is different from an organization’s relevance during a given historical moment. The latter has been emphasized in research as scholars try to explain what groups appear in news coverage (Amenta et al. 2009; Sobieraj 2010). Scholars typically refer to this as “standing,” which is a measure of how much “voice” a particular group has in mainstream media coverage (Ferree et al. 2002). Standing is tied almost completely to the political environment and is relatively volatile.

A volunteer on a cell phone or a professionally trained activist), how, and with what frequency (Dilemma 1). A paid activist whose job is to establish and maintain a media profile for the organization will be able to target media easier (and more often) than a volunteer engaging in activism during his/her free time. Likewise, the professional activist will be better positioned to use direct and social media to circulate a group’s ideas more consistently. Having a structural foundation that makes media efforts part of the organization’s daily routine also is useful when a group wants to respond to bad press or tries to reframe a losing issue (Dilemmas 2 and 3).

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