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dc.contributor.advisorRowland, Robert C.
dc.contributor.authorTheye, Kirsten
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-29T04:31:29Z
dc.date.available2008-09-29T04:31:29Z
dc.date.issued2008-08-15
dc.date.submitted2008
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations2.umi.com/ku:2648
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/4225
dc.description.abstractWhen large-scale tragedies occur in the United States, the national identity is shaken. Immediately after the event, as well as on anniversaries of the tragedy, the media work to reconstruct that identity in their editorial pages. I analyze several sets of editorials written immediately after and on the anniversaries of three American tragedies: the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. In this project, I argue that the media use several methods of identity reconstruction following national tragic events. The analysis demonstrates that the media reconstruct national identity by using language to bind citizens to one another, by separating "real" Americans from everyone else, by affirming American values, by reprimanding those who stray from American ideals, and by sustaining the belief in American Exceptionalism.
dc.format.extent187 pages
dc.language.isoEN
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectSpeech communication
dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectRhetoric and composition
dc.subjectNational identity
dc.subjectRhetoric
dc.subjectAnniversary
dc.subjectTragedy
dc.subjectAmerica
dc.subjectUnited states
dc.titleThe reconstruction of national identity following tragic events
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberManolescu, Beth
dc.contributor.cmtememberSaillor, Wayne
dc.contributor.cmtememberTell, Dave
dc.contributor.cmtememberHarris, Scott
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineCommunication Studies
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPH.D.
kusw.oastatusna
kusw.oapolicyThis item does not meet KU Open Access policy criteria.
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