Date of Award

2008

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Howard Pawley

Second Advisor

Susan Bryant

Keywords

Communication and the arts, Social sciences

Rights

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Abstract

A good deal of scholarship on the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation/New Democratic Party has focused on the party's trajectory away from a form of prairie populist, social democratic politics towards a centralized, liberal democratic politics (e.g. Zakuta 1964, Young 1969, Cross 1974). This longitudinal study bears out a similar conclusion, but focuses specifically on changes in the party's communicative ecology over time. Using the work of Carey (1989) and Nancy (1991) the notion of communicative ecology, defined as the ways in which an institution communicates through non-mass mediated means is used to understand both how the party conceives of abstract categories such as democracy and citizenship as well as how they proceed with communicating these ideas.

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