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"What indians are we talking about?" : a discourse analysis of intercultural dialogues in an Ojibway setting

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"What indians are we talking about?" : a discourse analysis of intercultural dialogues in an Ojibway setting

Davidson, Jordan (2008) "What indians are we talking about?" : a discourse analysis of intercultural dialogues in an Ojibway setting. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Based on a phenomenological approach and experiential fieldwork in an Ontario Ojibway community, this thesis records and analyses a set of intercultural dialogues following the method of "sharing and listening." The dialogues are analysed with respect to three themes: humour; food; and, social issues (teen pregnancy, school drop-out rates, drug and alcohol use). The dialogues are interpreted both as counter-discourses that displace dominant discourses on Native peoples in Canadian society and as continuous with Ojibway storytelling and oral traditions. The thesis argues that mainstream media and scholarship reduces contemporary Native experience to a set of "social problems" and stereotypes thereby denying the meaning-making activities, agency and, ultimately, humanity of Native people.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Davidson, Jordan
Pagination:v, 176 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cole, S
ID Code:975998
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:18
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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