Cite: Gamson, Arab Spring, Israeli Summer, and Cognitive Liberation

Gamson, William A. “Arab Spring, Israeli Summer, and the Process of Cognitive Liberation.” Swiss Political Science Review 17.4 (2011): 463-468.





To understand the spread of the Arab spring among different Arab countries and to the movement for social justice in Israel in the following summer, the concept of collective action frames is much more useful than the flawed concept of cognitive liberation. Unlike the latter which conflates analytically distinct processes and ignores the crucial process of negotiating a collective identity, the concept of collective action frames distinguishes the components and problematizes the connection among them. The injustice component is crucial for integrating all three into a coherent collective action frame.

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