SYMBOL, MYTH, AND RHETORIC: THE POLITICS OF CULTURE IN AN ARMENIAN-AMERICAN POPULATION
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SYMBOL, MYTH, AND RHETORIC: THE POLITICS OF CULTURE IN AN ARMENIAN-AMERICAN POPULATION

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By Jerry Phillips

This work analyzes the dynamic relationship between symbols, myths, and politics in the expression of Armenian-American identity during a period of rapid and extensive social and political change in the United States. As background for this study Phillips describes the historical role and significance of the Armenian Apostolic Church in serving as both a symbol of unity and as a vehicle for the expression of political and ideological conflict. Phillips discusses in detail the clash between the ideologies and symbolism of the Tashnak political party which was largely responsible for the establishment of the short-lived Republic of Armenia (1918-1920), and other non-Tashnak parties (e.g., the Ramgavar), within the framework of the Armenian church.

AMS Press (1989)