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dc.contributor.authorHunter, Stephanie Michelleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:37Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:37Z
dc.date.issued2009-05-06en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05262009-104453en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42800
dc.description.abstractExtant literature on White Nationalism illustrate the myriad of social issues members of this racialist extremist group presently recognize as threatening the continuation of the white race and the preservation of white heritage (Swain 2002). One of these threats includes the high incidences of black-on-white violent crime within the United States. The March 2008 murder of UNC student body president Eve Carson, a 22 year-old white woman, by two young black males elicited heated discussion among White Nationalists. This paper analyzes, via content analysis, the thematic discourse surrounding Carsonâ s homicide among White Nationalists on two popular White Nationalist websites. Functionalist theory guides this investigation in the attempt to illustrate how White Nationalists use scientific theories of criminality and government crime statistics as tools for justifying their racist beliefs. Also, this study intended to answer whether or not Carsonâ s murder prompted an increase in online membership on the two websites used for the analysis. Moreover, this study sought to unearth thematic discourse which involved attacking whites who do not subscribe to White Nationalism; Eve Carson as either a sacred or profane symbol of whiteness; criticism of government policies, media, and the criminal justice system; evoking fear within the White Nationalist community; and calls for white solidarity and action. This analysis suggests that White Nationalists primarily used Carsonâ s death as an opportunity to attack whites who do not subscribe to White Nationalist beliefs.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartTHESIS_HUNTERSM_1.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartapproval_letter[1].pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectwhite nationalismen_US
dc.subjectwhite supremacyen_US
dc.subjectEve Carsonen_US
dc.subjectsymbolizationen_US
dc.titleThe Functions of White Nationalism Online: A Content Analysis of White Nationalist Thematic Discourse Surrounding the Eve Carson Homicideen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairShoemaker, Donald J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWimberley, Dale W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHawdon, James E.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05262009-104453/en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-05-26en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-06-15
dc.date.adate2009-06-15en_US


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