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Mass media appropriations: Communication, culture, and everyday social life


2007 2007

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This study is a description and interpretation of mass media appropriations (or media references) in social interaction in US American culture. Two research questions guide the study: One, how, if at all, do cultural members appropriate texts from mass media in their ongoing, socially interactive lives? And two, what are the functions and meanings of mass media appropriations (MMAs) so enacted? The study is situated within the Ethnography of Communication research program and uses Cultural Discourse Theory as its main theoretical frame. The study employs ethnographic and cultural discourse analysis methods including participant-observation, interviewing, cultural description and interpretation to formulate a native theory of mass media appropriations as they are patterned and practiced in US American culture. This theory is then compared to similar practices in Western Apache, Zambian, German, and Dominican American cases. The major descriptive findings include a sequence that MMAs typically follow in social interaction including a trigger, reference, and response; the essential, typical, and possible parts of MMAs, various combinations of which are formulated into types and subtypes of MMAs; the frames typically involved in MMAs including performance, play, and quotation and how they are cued, maintained, and terminated; and a set of dimensions upon which MMAs vary. The major interpretive findings include MMAs being performed for the humor, pleasure, play, shared identity and bonds that they create, these being necessary to diffuse the focus in the culture on self, serious talk and work.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Mass media
Classification
0459: Communication
0708: Mass media
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Appropriations; Communication; Cultural discourse analysis; Culture; Culture and communication; Discourse analysis; Ethnography of communication; Language and social interaction; Mass media; Media references; Social life
Title
Mass media appropriations: Communication, culture, and everyday social life
Author
Scollo, Michelle
Number of pages
368
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549330196
Advisor
Carbaugh, Donal
Committee member
Bailey, Benjamin; Cronen, Vernon E.; Samuels, David
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Communication
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3289210
ProQuest document ID
304839356
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304839356
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