Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies


This dissertation uses Strauss's Negotiated Order to understand negotiations taking place between Anishinaabe and university representatives. The following research questions were addressed: What type of structural and awareness contexts influenced participants' practice of negotiation? What interactional contexts influenced negotiation? What alternatives to negotiating were available and utilized by participants? How does identity affect negotiations? This case study was based on participant observation of six negotiation meetings concerning wild rice issues and developing a partnership to build an Environmental Research/Leaming Center. Six in-depth interviews (three with Anishinaabe and three with university representatives), and the content analysis of two letters were utilized as well. Findings were consistent with literature combining negotiated order with framing and asymmetry in society between minority and majority groups. Structural contexts influenced interaction via frames that affected the type of awareness contexts used by groups. The type of awareness context determined what took place during interaction. Interaction also influenced structure since two education programs were developed by the groups.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Negotiation -- Cross-cultural studies Ojibwa Indians Intercultural communication



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South Dakota State University