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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    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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