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Earth First! : An Ethnography of Communication Public Deposited

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  • This study examined the culture of Earth First!, an environmental activist movement. The study was limited to two groups of Earth First! in the Northwest, Corvallis and Eugene. The goal was to discover what it is to be a communicatively competent member of Earth First! The method used to address issues surrounding communication competence was ethnography of communication, which is a way of describing a culture through its language. Dell Hymes' descriptive framework was used to aid in answering questions about communication competence. I was a participant observer in this culture for eight months, resulting in the discovery of three important themes that serve to describe communication competence within Earth First! The first was the theme of movement versus organization, participants stressing the importance of being a movement and not an organization. The second theme was the identification of the enemy. Members devote a great deal of time on talk that identities who the enemy is for Earth First! The third theme was the use by cultural members of humor in their talk. An examination of these three themes resulted in a description of communication competence within Earth First!
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