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dc.creatorPeterson, Leighton Craig
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-11T15:40:43Z
dc.date.available2010-01-11T15:40:43Z
dc.date.created2006-08
dc.date.issued2010-01-11T15:40:43Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/6795
dc.descriptiontext
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines emerging cultural attitudes, language ideologies, and discursive practices among Navajos and Navajo speakers through the lens of new media technologies on the Navajo Nation. New media such as cell phones and the Internet are significant features of contemporary Navajo communities, and act as both a context for and medium of linguistic and cultural vitality and transformation. They have opened new spaces for Navajo language use, generated emergent uses of the Navajo language, and increased the spaces of language contact and change. This dissertation explores the ways in which ideologies of language and technology have shifted and converged, and describes multiple instances of the transformative nature of technology through the mediation of communities. New technologies do not exist in a vacuum, and novel practices emerge from a wide range of existing observable styles, registers, and norms in Navajo communities. Significant are the shifting geographies of communication, expansion of social networks, and increased circulation of bilingual Navajo hane’, or publicly shared “tellings” in the form of stories, jokes, and information that accompany them. This work analyzes the appearance of new media technologies in contemporary Navajo society within broader discourses of modernity and narratives of progress about, and among, Navajo communities. New technology is not incommensurate with existing practice; rather, emergent practices are part of the broader circulation of Navajo identities, defined here as a process linked to social activities, and emergent practices index the ways in which some Navajos are “doing” community in unexpected ways and unexpected places. New expressive forms and genres have appeared, including a migration to English emails by previously monolingual, illiterate elders, the transition of traditionally oral genres to widely circulated emails, and the appearance of locally created bilingual hip-hop music. These are crucial developments that have immediate implications for Navajo language vitality and cultural continuity.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.language.isoengen_US
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dc.subjectNavajo Indiansen_US
dc.subjectNavajo languageen_US
dc.subjectNavajo speakersen_US
dc.subjectNavajo Nationen_US
dc.subjectCommunicationen_US
dc.subjectNew technologyen_US
dc.subjectCultural attitudesen_US
dc.subjectCultureen_US
dc.subjectLanguage ideologiesen_US
dc.subjectIdeologyen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subjectCell phonesen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectEmailen_US
dc.subjectSocial life and customsen_US
dc.subjectTechnological innovationsen_US
dc.titleTechnology, ideology, and emergent communicative practices among the Navajoen_US
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US


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