Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Richard Jensen

Number of Pages



To understand the social movement of the Symbionese Liberation Army, one must examine the history, theories, and rhetoric of the organization. The extremist foundation of the Symbionese Liberation Army is directly reflected in the organizations communiques, inner-group dynamics, and actions. Like most of the social movements before it, the Symbionese Liberation Army recognized the importance of media utilization. Without the media coverage the organization needed and desired, the Symbionese Liberation Army could not have gained the popularity and power it sustained throughout the duration of the organization's movement. This study will examine the movement of the Symbionese Liberation Army in relationship to the organization's foundation, actions, belief system, and rhetoric.


Analysis; Army; Historical; Liberation; Movement; Rhetorical; Symbionese; Theoretical

Controlled Subject

Social structure; Ethnology--Study and teaching; Rhetoric; Mass media; Political science

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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