Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Bennardo, Giovanni

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

LCSH

Ethnology

Abstract

This thesis examines people's implicit assumptions about society in Western Ukraine manifested in discourses on the subject. The discourse data were elicited via in-depth interviews with people from diverse backgrounds in Lviv region. The thesis uses cultural models theory and methods in cognitive anthropology as the primary analytical framework. Specifically, it examines the hypothesis that historically different socially-mediated experiences that resulted from the disintegration of the USSR and subsequent societal developments in independent Ukraine were conducive to differences in mental representations of society among different generational cohorts. Evidence of three distinct conceptualizations---cultural models---of society were found. These models were variously combined, integrated, and compartmentalized in discourse, and there was a suggestive pattern of their preferential use by interviewees from the specific age groups.

Comments

Advisors: Giovanni Bennardo.||Committee members: Giovanni Bennardo; Kendall Thu; Victor de Munck.||Includes illustrations and map.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

142 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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