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Revista de Estudios Sociales

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CHARRY JOYA, Carlos Andrés. Between the Public and the Movement, between Collective Action and Public Opinion: Reflections on the Gaitanista Movement. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2011, n.41, pp.56-71. ISSN 0123-885X.

After reviewing the major studies of Colombian populist leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan (1898-1948) and social movement that formed around him (gaitanismo), this article suggests alternative ways to interpret them in order to highlight other kinds of dimensions and aspects present in the social movement. To do so, we present and discuss the notions of frame, political opportunity structure, and discursive opportunity structure as tools that can contribute to a more detailed understanding of the characteristics and dimensions of this social movement. The article concludes with some general information about the impact exerted by Gaitan and his movement over the formation and exercise of public opinion.

Keywords : Gaitanismo; Social Movements; Public Opinion; Sociology.

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