Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1035

Date

2014

Date of Award

4-18-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Sociology

Committee Chair

Carol A Rambo

Committee Member

Seth B Abrutyn

Committee Member

Zandria F Robinson

Abstract

Using lyric data from white supremacist musicians, I build upon theories of social marking to develop emotion marking: i.e., the practice of using emotional labels to discursively differentiate social actors. Projections of shame and claims to pride are analyzed here as markers used within white supremacist discourse to differentiate movement loyalists from opposed others in relation to the state of their relative sacral bonds--that is, moral commitments to their perceived sacred social order. Borrowing from social bond theory, it is posited here that when sacral bonds are perceived to be threatened, shame is made manifest; when bonds are maintained, pride is present. White supremacists use multiple frames and discourses to mark the affective contrast between movement loyalists and opposed others. White supremacists claim pride through the maintaining of their bonds; opposed others are met with projected shame for threatening bonds, both their own and those of whites.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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