This study compared the 1964 UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the 2017 UC Berkeley Anti-Free Speech Riot to determine the evolution of free speech in America and its current state. Analyzing each event revealed several key communicators who became rhetorical stakeholders based on their roles and responses within and to each event. Examining their roles and responses using Burke’s (1969) dramatistic pentad and pendatic ratios not only reveals the stakeholders motive, but also a much larger rhetorical situation within each event. I posed five research questions asking who the rhetorical stakeholders were within each event, how they responded, the similarities and differences between each response, if the 2017 riot indicates a change in attitudes towards free speech, and if the analysis helps us understand social movement theory. The study concludes that social movement theory may be taking a turn away from the narratives developed by scholars in the last 50 years, in addition to the ways that the power holders and the dissenters will continue to delay conciliation should neither choose to compromise.
|Advisor:||Hardy-Short, Dayle C.|
|Commitee:||Short, Calvin B., Umphrey, Laura R.|
|School:||Northern Arizona University|
|Department:||School of Communication|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Free speech, Protest, Riot, Social movement, UC berkeley, Violence|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be