Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Keith Hearit

Second Advisor

Diana Berkshire Hearit


The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the role of apologia and dissociation in American culture and recognize that cultural factors occupy an important role in the success of this strategy internationally. I will first define apologia and examine the specific forms of appearance/reality dissociations used in the case of the U.S.S. Greeneville (Hearit 1995b). In addition, I will also depict the cultural variables that from the outset made this method unsuccessful in Japan. The goal is to demonstrate the Navy's use of dissociation strategies in its attempt to contain the wave of public anger in Japan and the tactical adjustments the Navy and Bush Administration made in order to allay Japanese anger.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only