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Abstract

This project explored the concept of neighboring from the cultural perspectives of the Bosnian refugees and the researcher who is Bosnian herself. The goals were to answer several research questions: (1) what kinds of tensions do we battle in liminal spaces and how do they, grounded in culture, shape the way we communicate our roles as neighbors, (2) how do Bosnian immigrants perform neighboring, (3) what constitutes a good neighbor, and (4) what are the researcher’s personal stories and are those experiences shared with others? The author argues that neighboring is something we perform, that Bosnian co-participants show unconditional hospitality towards their neighbors because of their collectivist culture, and that methodologically, this project provides an important intervention in the monologic nature of text-centric scholarship and treatment of the readership/viewership. The project is also significant in its contributions to a scarce body of knowledge that exists on the concept of neighboring in Communication Studies

Date of Award

2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Communication Studies

First Advisor

Danielle Dick McGeough, Chair, Thesis Committee

Date Original

7-2018

Object Description

1 PDF file (v, 109 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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