Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Paula S. Brush

Second Advisor

Dr. Douglas V. Davidson

Third Advisor

Dr. Victoria C. Ross

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Donald F. Cooney


This research project investigates the relationship between personal experiences of events and public descriptions of events. Specifically, the researcher develops a case study around a 1987 march and demonstration for land reform in the Philippines. Specifically, this research includes a discourse analysis of published, public accounts as they appeared in a national newspaper and the personal interviewee accounts of the event as remembered by U.S. participants and witnesses. Interviewees were involved in social and political work on hunger and other social justice issues as coordinated with ecumenical groups. The theoretical contributions of symbolic interaction, cultural theory and discursive practices of power frame the analysis of these accounts. A comparison of these accounts reveals consistencies and contradictions in meaning about the event and its surrounding issues.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

Included in

Sociology Commons