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ERIC Number: ED149387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 19
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The Fantasy Theme Analysis Approach to the Rhetorical Criticism of Social Movements: An Evaluation.
Foss, Sonja K.
"Fantasy-theme analysis" suggests that the individual and collective dramatizations of a group's goals, scope, and activities--the group's conceptualized reality, or fantasy theme--can be used to study social movements. Based on the notion of fantasizing in small groups, this analytic approach provides a method of discovering how communication creates social realities for groups of people. This paper examines seven assumptions that underlie fantasy-theme analysis and finds that the method cannot do all that it purports to do; often it does not meet accepted criteria for sound historical research and rhetorical criticism. Suggestions are made that would correct the method's inadequacies, making it an effective tool in the study of social movements from a rhetorical perspective. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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