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Communicating culture: Public discourse and ritual action in a Jewish community


1999 1999

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This dissertation is an ethnographic exploration, and a cultural discourse analysis of the relationship between communication and culture. The study of cultural discourses as they are active in situated speech communities allows for the description and interpretation of the way members of a particular speech community come to make meaningful their symbolic worlds. The perspective adopted suggests that cultural identity and its enactment is locatable through rhetorical dimensions of communication (such as symbolic clusters and public forums for talk) and at the local level of particular speech communities (such as situated communicative acts) where participants, through communication, create and constitute what it means for them to be, act, and feel like a person.

This study presents the symbols, forms and meanings of one particular cultural discourse and how this system constitutes culture in this scene. Specifically, the dissertation is organized to review the public discourse of the havurah movement; how one particular havurah (“our havurah”) constitutes a sense of what it means to be a member of this group; the appropriate ways for acting in that particular scene; the cultural premises of belief and value that are deeply meaningful throughout this havurah's communicative enactments; and the rules communicated throughout symbolic rituals.

This study of cultural communication contributes to a growing body of literature that emphasizes the local, emic narrative that is active in a particular speech community and analyzes it through a systematic etic theory of cultural discourse.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Cultural anthropology;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology
Classification
0459: Communication
0326: Cultural anthropology
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Communicating; Community; Culture; Jewish; Public discourse; Ritual
Title
Communicating culture: Public discourse and ritual action in a Jewish community
Author
Wolf, Karen Michelle
Number of pages
276
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599199989, 0599199989
Advisor
Carbaugh, Donal
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9920668
ProQuest document ID
304515523
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304515523
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