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(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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...