How can power discourses be changed? Contrasting the â€˜daughter deficitâ€™ policy of the Delhi government with Gandhi and Kingâ€™s transformational reframing
AbstractSocial policy impact is partly determined by how policy is articulated andadvocated, including which values are highlighted and how. We examine theinfluence of policy framing and reframing on outcomes, with particularreference to policies of the Delhi state government in India that target thepractices of female feticide, infanticide and neglect that underlie the â€˜daughterdeficitâ€™. Using Snow and Benfordâ€™s categories for understanding reframingprocesses, the paper outlines and applies a â€˜modelâ€™ of reframing disputedissues, derived from looking at two famous campaigns â€“ Gandhiâ€™s 1930 SaltMarch in the struggle for Indian freedom from British rule and the African-American civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 60s. It argues that â€˜carrot andstickâ€™ policy measures, such as financial incentives and legal prohibitions, tocounteract the â€˜daughter deficitâ€™ must be complemented by well crafteddiscursive interventions.
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Gandhi Salt March; Martin Luther King; â€˜daughter deficitâ€™ in India; policy tools; Policy framing and re-framing;
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