Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Richard J. Jensen
Number of Pages
This essay proposed a framework for social movement analysis that extends postmodern deconstructive techniques to a form of reconstruction which transcends the exploration of how language can say many different things simultaneously. By assessing the rhetoric of a movement, the leaders' view of conflict, pattern of expressing conflict, and the dynamic of identity in the escalation of conflict are revealed. James R. Andrews! (1980) method was utilized which concentrates on the leaders' manipulation of language, the "move" of a movement, in determining a conflicts directionality. Case studies analyzed the movements which led to the 1980 Miami Riot and the 1992 Los Angeles Riot, and a recent movement which transpired in New York City surrounding the police shooting of Amadou Diallo. Conclusions indicate that in the postmodern era a social movement leader's utmost priority should not be to defeat the opposition's arguments but to coordinate the management of meanings construed so that constructive ends may result.
Analysis; Approach; Centered; Leader; Movement; Reconstructive; Social; Transcendent
Social psychology; Social sciences--Research; Rhetoric
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Coleman, Kurt Ulrich, "Transcendent leader centered analysis: A reconstructive approach to social movement analysis" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1110.