Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Leah Sprain

Abstract

Communication is constructed as a cultural practice. Cultural Discourse Analysis believes the communication practices of an organization communicate ideas about identity, values, and relationships. This paper examines a food co-op, The Second Kitchen, and how shared communication and food values create a communicative culture of “community.” By examining two key moments within the organization: how new members are welcomed, and how decisions are made, I highlight the types of relationships created within the organization. This study reveals how the coordinators of The Second Kitchen dictate whether members feel included or excluded in the organization.

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