Format of Original
Religious Communication Association
The Journal of Communication and Religion
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Shelves: BV 4319 .J65 Raynor Memorial Periodicals
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."