By Daniel K Cortese
This publication highlights the strategic deployment of a instantly identification through an LGBT association. Cortese explores the ways that activists strategically use a "straight" id as a social move software as a way to effectively in achieving the circulation targets.
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Frame analysis is built upon the “tool-kit” model of organizational strategies and its use of cultural symbols (Clemens 1993; Swidler 1986). From my observations of SAGA, I noted that the activists strategically deploy the cultural meanings of what “straightness” is, as well as a straight identity in a “tool-kit” fashion. This framing of what straightness means in society and, therefore, what the cultural message must mean to witness straight people joining the mission is also contingent upon the sociopolitical environment in which each chapter exists.
However, as I addressed earlier, the identity deployment strategies of “straightness” vary by geography. Specifically, I consider the ways in which activists in SAGA rely more on a straight identity for political validation in more conservative political areas of the United States. And, although activists in more liberal areas continue to deploy a straight identity as well, they rely less on this as a form of political legitimacy and more on gaining broader access into “straight” social networks.
Although they may openly express their Judeo-Christian faith as a member of the organization, they do not strategically use moral symbolism as a means to a particular social movement goal. Rather, in SAGA, some activists ever-so-delicately infuse a Christian moral frame with an injustice frame in order to achieve the organizational mission. Other research demonstrates that this is not unusual for movements in general (For example, see McAdam 1988; Young 2001, 2002), but in many of the recent theories on the culture war movements, it is understood that identity-based “liberal” organizations, such as the feminist or queer movements, typically rely upon the injustice frame, and their political opposition (religious right movements), primarily utilize a moral frame (For example, see Rohlinger 2002; see also Stein 2001).