A cultural approach to patriotism

Marcus J. Coleman, Tina M. Harris, Kevin L. Bryant, Carrie Reif-Stice

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This study explores an under-researched phenomenon of how African Americans communicate about patriotism via ordinary political conversation. We conducted two studies that offer a critical-qualitative analysis of how patriotism is colloquially articulated among African Americans. In study one, focus group interviews were conducted, transcribed, and analyzed using constant comparative method. In study two, we conducted a quantitative content analysis. The findings from study one revealed that there are three relational conceptualizations that help characterize one’s orientation to their nation (i.e., community: subordinate, guardian, and tumultuous). Participants expressed having an attachment to, identification with, and commitment to their communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-191
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • culture
  • ordinary political conversation
  • Patriotism
  • ritual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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