How political elites constructed discursive communities in the debate surrounding the 2010 U.S. patient protection and affordable care act

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dc.contributor Edwards, Janis L.
dc.contributor Cassel, Carol A.
dc.contributor.advisor Bennett, Beth Susan
dc.contributor.author Armistead, Melanie Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:43:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:43:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000644
dc.identifier.other Armistead_alatus_0004M_10791
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1149
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The discursive communities created by the political elite surrounding the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act yielded a clear divide between Democratic supporters and Republican opposition. This thesis investigates the discourse expressed by the policy makers in the House of Representatives and the Senate, by surveying the Congressional Record, from 21 March 2010 and 23 March 2010. Additionally, televised interview discourse is analyzed from the month leading up to the final vote, the days surrounding the vote in the House and Senate, and the month following. Both Democrat and Republican political elite are represented. Values analysis and fantasy theme analysis are applied to the discourse in order to analyze the perspectives that emerged from both political parties thoroughly. Results indicated that clear values emerged for the Democrats and Republicans, contributing to the divide between parties, particularly clear with health care reform. Fantasy theme analysis also indicated that symbolic convergence occurred for the Democratic support and Republican opposition, resulting in fantasy themes in which both parties portrayed their opposition as evil and themselves as protectors from harm.
dc.format.extent 187 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.subject.other Political Science
dc.title How political elites constructed discursive communities in the debate surrounding the 2010 U.S. patient protection and affordable care act
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Communication Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Communication Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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