Publication Date

8-2017

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

4-20-2017

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis - Boise State University Access Only

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Communication

Department

Communication

Major Advisor

erin d. mcclellan, Ph.D.

Advisor

Julie Lane, Ph.D.

Advisor

Kelly Rossetto, Ph.D.

Abstract

The Department of Homeland Security developed the Blue Campaign, helping audiences recognize victims or perpetrators of human trafficking. Bodies used in the campaign (re)present victims and perpetrators and make arguments, constitute meaning, and convey particular identities that are inevitably framed by particular assumptions. Using an embodied rhetorical analysis I look at the body as a discursive construction that can invoke responses and affect other bodies. I reveal assumptions bodies are framed by and examine how we understand some bodies as victims or perpetrators of human trafficking as opposed to others and how bodies constitute (im)possible ways to understand human trafficking.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.18122/B2RM5J

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