AdvisorPhilips, Susan U.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn attempting to compare the definition of the word "regular" as perceived by a group of middle class, Jewish, American senior citizens and a group of students from the University of Arizona, it is suggested that an individuals' "central case" of the definition of a word is dependent on life experience. Further, in trying to interpret the reason of the existence of a "central case", social theory will be utilized for both explanation of the existence of the "central case" as well as to display individual negotiation with an exterior societal structure. By linking the work of cognitive anthropology with social theory, the researcher is better able to explain change and negotiation between an individual and the social world within which they live.
Degree ProgramGraduate College