Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Richard Clemmer-Smith

Keywords

censorship, community identity, discourse analysis, Japanese-American history, journalism, World War II

Abstract

My research examines how the writers of the Granada Pioneer, a newspaper published in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, used the editorial column of that publication to shape the community identity of that camp. The newspaper was published by Japanese America internees living in that camp, but their readership was composed of Japanese American internees and also non-interned non-Japanese Americans. Using Critical Discourse Analysis, I found that the internee writers were using the editorial column to shape a community habitus within the internment camp while at the same time attempting to reshape the imagined community of "America" within the minds of all their readers. In addition, I found that though the internee writers were subject to administrative censorship, they were able to circumvent that censorship by reprinting editorial columns from mainstream newspapers and thus express sentiments that they themselves were not permitted to published.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jessica Penelope Sewell Gebhard

File size

163 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Cultural anthropology, Linguistics

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