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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 ...