Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies






This thesis examined and interpreted the shared values in Tamil-Indian society using James Carey's theory, a cultural approach to communication. According to him, communication is a ritual that brings people together as a community, to share the commonality of meanings and partake in common activities. The changes in values in Indian society through the years 1950-1990 were observed from an examination of eight popular Tamil films. Two out of the five most popular films from each decade were used as representative texts for interpretation. For each film, five value-related categories--caste issues, family: respect for elders, marriage, religion and education were interpreted and examined. These categories were analyzed from the narrative patterns, and from the behavior of the characters in the films. Some of the value-expressive categories like family structure and caste issues have changed drastically in the last forty years while others like religion, marriage, respect for elders, and education have changed slowly. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .L685. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1413. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.