Testing the explanatory power of Symbolic Politics (2006): the Darfur conflict 2003-04

Humphries, Jemma (2016) Testing the explanatory power of Symbolic Politics (2006): the Darfur conflict 2003-04. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    There is continuous debate within the literature surrounding the causes of ethnic conflict. This dissertation will argue that Kaufman’s Symbolic Politics Theory combines elements from the Rational Actor and Social-Psychological approaches to create a hybrid theory that yields greater explanatory power than Framing Theory, which also claims to be a hybrid theory. Symbolic Politics and Framing Theory will be applied to the 2003-04 Darfur conflict as a test, to establish the explanatory power of both theories.
    The first chapter of this dissertation will provide a critical analysis of the different theories of ethnic conflict, as well as detailing the six conditions of Symbolic Politics and how Framing Theory is operationalized. Following this will be a critical analysis of the history and context of Sudan to establish the ability of Symbolic Politics to account for the development of the 2003-04 Darfur conflict. The final chapter will contain a comparative application of Framing Theory and Symbolic Politics to the outbreak of ethnic conflict in Darfur 2003-04.
    Through a thorough critical analysis of Symbolic Politics and the 2003-04 Darfurian conflict, this dissertation concludes that Symbolic Politics provides a satisfactory account of the development and outbreak of ethnic conflict in Darfur. Whereas Framing Theory is determined to be a Social theory rather than a specific theory of ethnic conflict.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 08:49
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 08:49
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22285

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