Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

19 p.

Publication Date

1991

Publisher

Religious Communication Association

Source Publication

The Journal of Communication and Religion

Source ISSN

0894-2838

Original Item ID

Shelves: BV 4319 .J65 Raynor Memorial Periodicals

Abstract

This study undertakes an intensive analysis of The Wanderer, an ultra·conservative Catholic weekly newspaper. It is argued that con· spiracy discourse in The Wanderer provides a continuous series of "god" and "devil" terms that playoff one another as "generic warrants"authorizing a domino effect that solidifies an over·arching rhetorical vision, which ultimately affects the interpretation of U.S. Roman Catholic Church doctrine and its application to a number of contem· porary socio·political issues. Discowse emanating from this particular publication is representative of a "paranoid style" and provides a case study for tracing operant terms in an ongoing "backlash movement."

Comments

Published version. The Journal of Communication and Religion, Vol. 14, (1991): 15-33. Publisher Link. © Religious Communication Association 1991. Used with permission.

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