Rumor mongering: scapegoating techniques for social cohesion and coping among the Japanese-Americans in United States internment camps during World War II

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Title: Rumor mongering: scapegoating techniques for social cohesion and coping among the Japanese-Americans in United States internment camps during World War II
Author: Biggs, Jenny Catherine
Abstract: This thesis examines the linkages between the verbal response to social stress , the ostracism of individuals from a social group , and the subsequent increased cohesion of the remaining members . To write the thesis , I utilized these printed references in the forms of scholarly research , journals , diaries , and interviews primarily from the Texas A &M Sterling Evans Library and the online journal resource JSTOR as well as a video documentary . Previous research into the genres of rumor , identity , and scapegoat accusations are explicated . Then , these approaches are applied to the rumors told by the Japanese -Americans who were removed from their homes and sent to internment camps in the United States during World War II . The internment camps were rife with scapegoat accusations between the internees whose once unified culture group was fissured along lines of loyalty to the United States or to Japan . These scapegoat accusations against fellow internees were an outlet for the stress exerted upon them by the American government that was not directly combatable . Even processes as complicated as changing social dynamics can be observed through the mechanisms of rumors and scapegoat accusations .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /85989
Date: 2008-10-10

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Rumor mongering: scapegoating techniques for social cohesion and coping among the Japanese-Americans in United States internment camps during World War II. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /85989 .

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