Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences


Social Sciences

First Advisor

Grisham, Kevin E.

Second Advisor

Yaghoubian, David

Third Advisor

Munoz, Jose


The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of collective action framing mechanisms and processes by Hamas in order to aquire and maintain potential and existing human resources and to help researchers and scholars of contentious politics and social movement theory to gain a greater understanding of the role frames play in that decision by showing the ways social movement entrepreneurs use them to acquire, maintain, and motivate human resources for the purpose of collective action.