Date

2-2014

Department

Communication Studies

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Cliff Kelly

Keywords

Fantasy Themes Analysis, Hispanic Beliefs, Hispanic Voting Behavior, Political Communication, Texas Demographics, Texas Poltics

Disciplines

American Politics | Critical and Cultural Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | International and Intercultural Communication

Abstract

Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the US and they have historically turned out to vote in large numbers for the Democratic Party. Charles Krauthammer says, however, "They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative." This thesis utilizes the Rhetorical Critical lens Fantasy Themes Analysis to do an investigative study to compare Hispanic beliefs and Hispanic voting behavior. Featured in this study are two interviews with Democratic San Antonio Major Julian Castro and Republican Texas State Senator Larry Gonzales.