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Investigating Latino Stereotypes And Identification In One Day At A Time: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Latino Representations In Entertainment Media, Hannah Stewart Apr 2019

Investigating Latino Stereotypes And Identification In One Day At A Time: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Latino Representations In Entertainment Media, Hannah Stewart

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

Since television has had the ability to entertain, it has also had the ability to persuade us about how we ought to perceive the world. To do so, television has long relied on stereotypes, whether they are of gender, race, or class, and research across media and communication disciplines have identified that representations of these marginalized groups reinforce stereotypes’ existence in and out of television. The purposes of this analysis are to examine stereotypical narratives surrounding Latinos and the Latino experience in America, as well as to understand how these stereotypes are challenged. Using a combination of narrative and ideological ...


(Un)Doing The Process: Title Ix, Legal Rhetoric & The Possibilities For Critical Consent, Samantha Grainger West Jan 2019

(Un)Doing The Process: Title Ix, Legal Rhetoric & The Possibilities For Critical Consent, Samantha Grainger West

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Confronted with panicked discourse around the statistics that 1 in 4 women, 6% of men, and 1 in 2 trans* students will experience sexual assault during their time in college, the U.S. Department of Education revisited 1972 law Title IX, and qualified sexual assault as creating a hostile learning environment on the basis of gender. Since then, a backlash has emerged, in which male Title IX violators are suing the colleges that expelled them. Using narrative criticism, this thesis examines four of these lawsuits with a specific focus on their complaints of lack of due process and gender discrimination ...


Fragmented Reality In "Resisting Interpellation": Femininity, Cinema, And The Workplace, Raine Roberts Jan 2019

Fragmented Reality In "Resisting Interpellation": Femininity, Cinema, And The Workplace, Raine Roberts

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Powerful women are generally mis- and underrepresented in films, from behind the camera and in front of the camera. It’s difficult to rise to the top of an industry when a stigma of inferiority follows you everywhere you go. Resisting Interpellation addresses the struggle to be taken seriously as a minority in a corporate environment. Our main (unnamed) protagonist, a young, mixed-race woman, attempts to start her first day on the job with ease, and without negative judgment. As the format of the screen changes with the fragmented ways a woman can be viewed in an office, she learns ...


Living Contingent Lives Online: How Mediations Of Trauma Foster Meaning-Making And Articulations Of Voice In Digital Spaces, Samira Rajabi Jan 2017

Living Contingent Lives Online: How Mediations Of Trauma Foster Meaning-Making And Articulations Of Voice In Digital Spaces, Samira Rajabi

Journalism Theses & Dissertations

With rapidly changing and proliferating digital platforms, individuals are able to mediate their daily lives more rapidly and with more flexibility regarding modality and format. The flexibility and affordances enabled by the spaces created by various digital online platforms provide users of these platforms spaces through which to communicate their authentic, or perceived authentic, mediations of various life experiences. Traumatic events are particularly interesting when mediated online because of the way trauma acts on a person’s previously held beliefs about themselves and about the world (Janoff-Bulman, 1989). When trauma interrupts a person’s ability to believe certain truths about ...


Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan Jan 2017

Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The emergence and popularity of the so-called “blue-collar reality shows” on U.S. cable networks in the past decade provide a critical point of entry for understanding the intersecting relationships between race, gender, social class, and hegemonic constructions of individualism and “authenticity” in U.S. culture and electoral politics. These series center on white, male, heteronormative, working-class subjects whose shared structural location in a class-stratified society remains sublimated in favor of narrative frameworks that emphasize their perceived status as “real men.” These subjects are not configured as raced, gendered, and classed, but as “neutral” or “normal” in relation to these ...


Perceiver- And Stimulus-Driven Effects On Preferential Attention To Racial Outgroup Faces, Steffanie Guillermo Jan 2017

Perceiver- And Stimulus-Driven Effects On Preferential Attention To Racial Outgroup Faces, Steffanie Guillermo

Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The objective of the current research was to examine perceiver- and stimulus- driven moderators of preferential attention to racial outgroup versus ingroup faces. Existing research finds that White participants demonstrate preferential attention to Black versus White faces. Importantly, some of this work suggests that perceiver variables, like motivation, and stimulus properties, like color, are associated with preferential attention to race. The first set of studies examined the effects of expectancies on attention to race in the absence (Study 1) and presence (Study 2) of color cues that were diagnostic of race. Results showed that awareness of race, alone, did not ...


Young Gay Adults’ Personal Engagement With Contemporary Hookup Culture Through The Use Of Mobile Apps, Austin Uteda Jan 2017

Young Gay Adults’ Personal Engagement With Contemporary Hookup Culture Through The Use Of Mobile Apps, Austin Uteda

Undergraduate Honors Theses

A rising rate of young gay and bisexual male adults are appropriating gay online dating technologies, specifically through the medium of mobile applications, as the main form of meeting other men like themselves. Judgements or stances on these online applications commonly insinuate that they are used for casual and immediate gratifications through the act of a sexual hookup. This study addresses how young homosexual men are personally engaging and understanding their use of gay mobile applications. The study employs a qualitative and interpretive method of research through using one-on-one interviews. This study recruited twelve men aged 18-26 to provide their ...


Networks Of Many Loves: A History Of Alternative Media In The Polyamory Movement, Megan Hurson Jan 2016

Networks Of Many Loves: A History Of Alternative Media In The Polyamory Movement, Megan Hurson

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines the role of media and media technologies in the polyamory movement from its emergence in 1984 until present day, 2016. Polyamory individuals and the media they produced have helped educate and support individuals within the polyamory community, as well as create external awareness and increase visibility in the public sphere. The shift from modern traditional communication technologies which fosters one-to-many communication models, to postmodern alternative new media technologies which utilize many-to-many communication models are mapped upon the changing social and cultural landscape as it pertains to identity formation, particularly as it relates to the shift in the ...


Untapped: Fermenting Feminism Through The Craft Beer Movement, Anne Meredith Sugar Jan 2016

Untapped: Fermenting Feminism Through The Craft Beer Movement, Anne Meredith Sugar

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation investigates how the neoliberal turn of the 1980s created a gendered, male space around beer as a function of power and social control designed to subjugate both women and working-class males to the new white-collar hegemonic masculinity in the wake of the second wave of feminism. Research by the beer industry indicates an abandonment of their market by female consumers, and this study contends that hostile gender portrayals in television series and advertisements steered Generation X and millennial women away from the macroindustry beer market. A recent shift in both the media and beer industry from corporate control ...


Documenting Transition, Transforming Gender: The Worldmaking Work Of Trans Men On Youtube, Ace Jordan Eckstein Jan 2016

Documenting Transition, Transforming Gender: The Worldmaking Work Of Trans Men On Youtube, Ace Jordan Eckstein

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Through analyzing videos from five trans men’s YouTube transition channels, this thesis amplifies the voices of trans men, arguing that trans men on YouTube engage in a project of queer worldmaking. Each chapter traces one mode of queer worldmaking. First, documentation of transition via YouTube constitutes a complex temporality where past, present, and future intertwine to disrupt a normative, teleological understanding of transition. Second, the counterpublic nature of the transmasculine YouTube community allows for the constitution of alternative gender norms, which in turn allow for trans men to be intelligible through, rather than despite of, their transness. Finally, the ...


The Stigmatization Of The Hijab: Using Interviews To Unravel The Discourse Of Account-Making Regarding The Hijab, Sara Kiyani Jan 2016

The Stigmatization Of The Hijab: Using Interviews To Unravel The Discourse Of Account-Making Regarding The Hijab, Sara Kiyani

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis, I interviewed ten Muslim college women on American college campuses, six women who veiled and four who did not. The purpose of this study was to understand how Muslim college women perceive and understand the complexities that surround veiling within the framework of account-making (Scott and Lyman, 1968).

This study investigated two research questions: What are the verbal challenges Muslim- women in the United States expect to respond to regarding their decision about hijab-wearing with different audiences? How do these women justify their choices to wear (or not wear) the Hijab, and how do these justifications vary ...


Only God Can Judge Me: The Politics Of Social Change At Victory Outreach Church, Wayne M. Freeman Jan 2015

Only God Can Judge Me: The Politics Of Social Change At Victory Outreach Church, Wayne M. Freeman

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Victory Outreach is a mostly Chican@ Protestant Church, with substantial African American membership in some congregations, which has grown rapidly in past few decades. Targeting mostly gang members and those battling drug or alcohol addiction for potential membership, “VO” espouses mostly mainstream American values, specifically oriented towards the urban poor and especially men, and drawing on cultural elements including hip hop culture, low rider car culture, gang and prison culture, and cholo culture. Using mostly interviews and participant observation focusing particularly on men at a Victory Outreach congregation in Denver, CO, this project describes the ways that men at Victory ...


The Future Looks Awfully Familiar: Gendered Representations In Popular Dystopian Television, Amanda K. Leblanc Jan 2014

The Future Looks Awfully Familiar: Gendered Representations In Popular Dystopian Television, Amanda K. Leblanc

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines gendered portrayals in AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Revolution, two popular, contemporary television programs. The shows’ location at the generic intersections of science fiction and post-apocalyptic drama potentially allows for them to tell fantastic stories about people, place, and politics that diverge from current cultural conventions of gender, ability, and power. This project utilizes a feminist rhetorical criticism to interrogate these texts in order to uncover the degrees to which Revolution and The Walking Dead put forth narratives that uphold hegemonic assumptions and “norms” about gender, power, and survival despite their futuristic settings, as ...


The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman Jan 2013

The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last thirty years, feminist pornography has steadily grown as a filmic genre that stands in opposition to the formulaic sexual discourse produced by the mainstream pornography industry. This emergent genre, known for its resistive interest in constructing diverse portrayals of female sexuality, operates at various controversial intersections—including feminism and pornography—and is slowly beginning to penetrate popular culture. This dissertation aims to account for a descriptive gap in porn studies and feminist media studies literature, and most importantly, works to theorize the cultural impact of this genre as a discursive attempt to mediate female sexuality within conventional ...


Disrupting Race, Claiming Colonization: Collective Remembering And Rhetorical Colonialism In Negotiating (Native) American Identities In The U.S., Christy-Dale L. Sims Jan 2013

Disrupting Race, Claiming Colonization: Collective Remembering And Rhetorical Colonialism In Negotiating (Native) American Identities In The U.S., Christy-Dale L. Sims

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This critical rhetorical critique interrogates rhetorics of memory in negotiations of national identity, especially as they address race and colonialism. We need to rethink race in more complex ways that disrupt homogenous conceptions of who belongs in the U.S., instead embracing the possibilities offered in those liminal spaces of racial national identities, such as (Native)American. Doing so requires acknowledging the reverberations of past rhetorics in contemporary sense-making and how those echoes vary across communities. In exploring how we (mis)remember race and colonization in relation to nation, my concern lies in exposing some of the persistent rhetorical strategies ...


With(In) U.S.: Resistive Accommodation And Cultural Strangers’ Discourses Of National Belonging, Megan Elizabeth Morrissey Jan 2013

With(In) U.S.: Resistive Accommodation And Cultural Strangers’ Discourses Of National Belonging, Megan Elizabeth Morrissey

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The influences of inclusion and exclusion shape the landscape of the United States in profound ways, contouring the nation’s conditions of belonging to privilege some and to marginalize others. The question of how these instances of belonging and marginalization are discursively constructed served as the foundation of this project. This dissertation engages with the discursivity and materiality of belonging, tracing vernacular contributions to, and experiences with, these constructions.

To address questions about national belonging, I turned to two online social movement groups that had initiated parallel online campaigns to rally for the rights of marginalized individuals. The Center for ...


A Postcolonial Analysis Of Peace Corps Volunteer Narratives: The Political Construction Of The Volunteer, Her Work, And Her Relationship To The ‘Host Country National’, Jenna N. Hanchey Jan 2012

A Postcolonial Analysis Of Peace Corps Volunteer Narratives: The Political Construction Of The Volunteer, Her Work, And Her Relationship To The ‘Host Country National’, Jenna N. Hanchey

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis analyzes how Peace Corps recruitment practices and materials construct narratives of Peace Corps experience in terms of nation, race, and gender. In addition to nine Peace Corps recruitment pamphlets and one book of returned volunteer stories, I collected data through ethnographic methods. Analysis of this data focuses on how these narratives relate to, serve to (re)present, and potentially (re)construct the volunteer, her work, and relationship to the ‘Host Country National.’ Using a postcolonial lens, I explore the degree to which these Peace Corps narratives serve a neo- or anti-colonial function. In addition, I analyze my own ...


Investigating The Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, And The Leave-Taking Practices Of Men In Technical Occupations, Sarah J. Blithe Jan 2012

Investigating The Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, And The Leave-Taking Practices Of Men In Technical Occupations, Sarah J. Blithe

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The intersections of work and nonwork fuel Discourses that beget biases, inequalities, and complications. Discourses of balance and entrepreneurialism are particularly laden with inequalities and contribute to both structural inequalities and biases that inform the everyday practices of individuals. This study explores the ways men in technical occupations invoke these Discourses when making decisions about when and whether to take leaves of absence. Technical occupations are well known to be particularly rife with inequities and simultaneously face a shortage of workers. As such, increasing equality in these occupations would both improve the lives of those working in technical jobs and ...


Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer Jan 2012

Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how women in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of Colorado at Boulder respond to the negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims that have proliferated since 9/11. The media's positioning of Muslim women as "backwards" and "un-American" compels MSA women to construct an extensive discourse of da'wah (outreach to non-Muslims) that repositions Islamic doctrine within the terms of American modernity. While this discourse shows respect for Islamic ritual practices, such as praying five times daily and wearing the hijab, the women construct their use of these practices as an agentive choice informed ...


Communication Experiences Of Latina And Latino Immigrant Custodial Workers Within A University Setting, Wilfredo Alvarez Jan 2011

Communication Experiences Of Latina And Latino Immigrant Custodial Workers Within A University Setting, Wilfredo Alvarez

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The organizational communication subdiscipline has made great strides in theory and research in recent years, but little is known about the workplace communication experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Even less is known about these sociocultural group members’ experiences when they work in lower status, blue-collar roles in organizations. To fill this gap, this research study examined everyday communication experiences of 25 Latina and Latino immigrant custodial workers at a large public university in the southwestern United States, for the purpose of generating theoretical and practical knowledge about routine organizational communication from the standpoint of these traditionally ...


Metafiction In The Last September: Self-Writing, Performativity, And Storytelling, Alison Teresa Corbett Jan 2011

Metafiction In The Last September: Self-Writing, Performativity, And Storytelling, Alison Teresa Corbett

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September, set during the Irish War of Independence, draws insistent attention to the elaborate fiction of normalcy on which the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy has come to depend through its highly self conscious meta-text. The novel’s fictionality, and the fictionality of the lives of its characters, emerges as a result of the characters’ sense that language can be used to defer and shape reality. The palpable sense of performance that pervades the novel, in addition to its insistence of the formative role of text, stories, and conversations in shaping character, prefigures the Ascendancy’s end long ...