AuthorWerner, Margaret MacGregor
AdvisorMiller, Thomas P.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn this dissertation I use rhetorical analysis and draw on articulation theory, primarily as it is conceived by Stuart Hall, to analyze the ways that LGBT social movements constitute and strategically deploy macro-level identities. This research focuses on the ways that movement identities--from the gay liberation of Stonewall through the current movements for marriage and military service--are rhetorically constructed. By tracking national LGBT social-movement organizations through such dynamic changes, my analyses reveal the ways that rearticulating the identity of a social movement can help groups change strategies and identifications when activist practices are failing. This scholarship adds to existing research on the ways that social movements constitute and reconstitute their shared sense of identity in the midst of evolving social contexts and also suggests some ways that multimodal rhetorics shape the development of movements.
Degree ProgramGraduate College