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dc.contributor.authorMudambi, Anjana
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T16:50:54Z
dc.date.available2012-08-28T16:50:54Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-28
dc.date.submittedJuly 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/21062
dc.description.abstractThe overarching purpose of this project is to theorize how marginalized communities engage with dominant discourses and to locate possibilities for agency in contesting dominant representations of marginalized groups. I selected two discursive events as instances of a larger U.S. immigration discourse—the enactment of SB 1070 in Arizona and the publication of a column in TIME Magazine in which the author decries the influx of South Asians to his hometown of Edison, NJ. I then modified critical discourse analysis to examine weblog responses to these events by two diasporic communities interpellated by them—(undocumented) Latino/a immigrants and South Asian immigrants. Drawing upon a theory of constitutive rhetoric, I look at ways that members of these two groups are interpellated as subjects within their blogging communities. Moreover, I examine how the collective subject negotiates various identifications through a three-part diasporic identity framework consisting of structural, trans-spatial/historical, and intergroup representational positionings. I also consider the implications of the constitutive rhetoric for agency by interrogating how the blogs enable and constrain bloggers’ abilities to speak about the discursive events. In addition, I interrogate bloggers’ constructions of U.S. immigration discourse, identifying four ideological claims both (re)produced and challenged by the bloggers: triumphal multiculturalism; American Dream mythology; the entitlement to rights; and normative standards of acceptability. I also use a postcolonial approach to discursive engagement that considers the production of alternate subjectivities through destabilizing of the subject/object relationship. This project complicates our understanding of diasporic subjects as based on complex postcolonial subjectivities. This allows for an expanded notion of how collective subjects are constituted ontologically through the coming together of numerous points of identifications within a complex framework of diasporic identities. In addition, it links ontological status and epistemology by complicating the understanding of how and where subject positions arise, challenging assumptions of universal knowledge. Finally, it theorizes discursive engagement of members of marginalized diasporic groups by applying a dialectical perspective of agency and interpellated subjectivities and revealing how power operates through discourse to position subjects while identifying possible moments of agentic potential.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectdiscourseen_US
dc.subjectimmigrationen_US
dc.subjectconstitutive rhetoricen_US
dc.subjectagencyen_US
dc.subjectundocumented immigrantsen_US
dc.subjectSouth Asianen_US
dc.subject.lcshCritical discourse analysis
dc.subject.lcshHispanic Americans -- Ethnic identity
dc.subject.lcshSouth Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity
dc.subject.lcshEmigration and immigration -- United States -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcshLanguage and the Internet
dc.subject.lcshImmigrants -- United States -- Blogs
dc.subject.lcshIllegal aliens -- United States -- Blogs
dc.subject.lcshSouth Asian Americans -- Blogs
dc.subject.lcshHispanic Americans -- Blogs
dc.titleSOUTH ASIAN AND (UNDOCUMENTED) LATINO/A IMMIGRANT BLOGGERS: A CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF THEIR ENGAGEMENT WITH IMMIGRATION DISCOURSESen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreeCommunicationen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalismen_US
dc.description.advisorCollier, Mary Jane
dc.description.committee-memberCramer, Janet
dc.description.committee-memberRodriguez, Ilia
dc.description.committee-memberChavez, Karma


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