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Social actors assume a large task when attempting to legitimize their movement and motivate participation. For Occupy Wall Street (OWS) dissidents this task was even greater given that their grievances lie both with government and with large corporations, two of the most influential entities in the United States. Such obstacles sparked an interest in studying the language strategies OWS rhetors employed when attempting to define the movement. This thesis examines these strategies in order to discover how the movement was framed, and how framing processes relate to the collective’s identity. The discourse analyzed includes the initial call to action published in Adbusters magazine, the OWS manifesto, and four slogans that emerged during the occupation of Zucotti Park in New York City.
Collective Identity; Framing; Identification; Occupy Wall Street; Rhetoric; Rhetorical Criticism
Communication | Rhetoric
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Forgey, Molly, "Defining the 99%: A Rhetorical Critique of the Occupy Wall Street Movement" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2473.
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