Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Community identity in the "Granada Pioneer"
by Gebhard, Jessica P. S., M.A., University of Denver, 2015, 163; 1595183
Abstract (Summary)

My research examines how the writers of the Granada Pioneer, a newspaper published in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, used the editorial column of that publication to shape the community identity of that camp. The newspaper was published by Japanese America internees living in that camp, but their readership was composed of Japanese American internees and also non-interned non-Japanese Americans. Using Critical Discourse Analysis, I found that the internee writers were using the editorial column to shape a community habitus within the internment camp while at the same time attempting to reshape the imagined community of "America" within the minds of all their readers. In addition, I found that though the internee writers were subject to administrative censorship, they were able to circumvent that censorship by reprinting editorial columns from mainstream newspapers and thus express sentiments that they themselves were not permitted to published.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clemmer-Smith, Richard
Commitee: Clark, Bonnie, Demont-Heinrich, Christof
School: University of Denver
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Cultural anthropology, History, American history
Keywords: Censorship, Community identity, Discourse analysis, Japanese-american history, Journalism, World war ii
Publication Number: 1595183
ISBN: 978-1-321-93479-3
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