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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Intercultural Relations

First Advisor

Franki Trjillo-Dalbey

First Committee Member

Steven Dowd

Second Committee Member

Kent Warren


This thesis explores the intercultural sensitivity of editorials in The Augusta Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and The San Francisco Chronicle as it pertains to the same-sex marriage debate. By using Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and seeing if sufficient points on the opposing opinions of same-sex marriage were used, editorials were identified into different levels of intercultural sensitivity depending on their overall tone and voice. Editorial coverage of same-sex marriage peaked in 1996 and 2004, with coverage ranging among the three papers from 1992 to 2007. The Augusta Chronicle was found largely in the defense stage of DM1S with its editorials saying that same-sex marriages might exist but were wrong, while both The Boston Globe and The San Francisco Chronicle were largely in the acceptance stage of DMIS saying that same-sex marriage should exist and be respected. All three newspapers were pretty consistent with the inclusion of sufficient points of the opposing viewpoint of same-sex marriage with an average of 16.57% of articles including these points. These findings, particularly the DM1S levels, indicate that newspapers play important role in influencing and being influenced by the general population that it reaches with the intercultural message that they deliver.



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