The effects of metaphorical framing on political persuasion: A systematic literature review

A. Boeynaems, C.F. Burgers, E.A. Konijn, G.J. Steen

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Abstract

Effects of metaphorical framing of political issues on opinion have been studied widely by two approaches: a critical-discourse approach (CDA) and a response-elicitation approach (REA). The current article reports a systematic literature review (N = 109) that examines whether these approaches report converging or diverging effects. We compared CDA and REA on the metaphorical frames that were studied and their reported effects. Results show that the CDA frames are typically more negative, nonfictional, and extreme than REA frames. Reported effects in CDA and REA studies differ in terms of presence, directionality, and strength, with CDA typically reporting strong effects in line with the frame, compared to REA. These differences in effects can be (partly) explained by the different frame characteristics. However, differences in the methods applied by CDA and REA could be (partly) responsible for these differences as well. In all, we conclude that the research field is fragmented on the impact of metaphors in politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-134
Number of pages17
JournalMetaphor and Symbol
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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