The frame establishes a boundary within which interactions—the significance and content of wh ich are self-evident to the protagonists—take place more or less independently of their surrounding context. Goffman emphasizes the dual nature of this framing process. Clearly it presupposes actors who are bringing to bear cognitive resources as well as forms of behaviour and strategies which have been shaped and structured by previous experience: the actors are capable of agreeing (an agreement which does not have to be explicit) on the frame within which their interactions will take place and on the courses of action open to them. But the framing process does not just depend on this commitment by the actors themselves; it is rooted in the outside world, in various physical and organizational devices. This is why framing puts the outside world in brackets, as it were, but does not actually abolish all links with it. fuente >