Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
Michael Tew, Ph. D., Chair
Doris Fields, Ph. D.
This study analyzes the types of metaphorical labels that the United States House of Representatives uses in post-September 11th resolutions to label and describe Latin American immigrants. The rhetorical philosophy of Kenneth Burke, Haig Bosmajian’s The Language of Oppression, and a study conducted in 1999 by Otto Santa Ana provide the framework for analyzing the power of the dominant and secondary metaphors found in these documents. Furthermore, this paper examines the connection between metaphorical labels and social and political attitudes toward Latin American immigration in contemporary discourse.
Romerhausen, Nick James, "Post-September 11th representations of Latin American immigrants in political discourse: An analysis of metaphor" (2008). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 179.