Collective and individual consciousness in testimonies of navy divers

Yair Neuman, Smadar Ben-Asher

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Sick Israeli Navy divers, who were exposed to chemical sewage during their army service, suspected that this exposure was the cause of their cancer. The divers appealed to the courts and demanded the establishment of an independent committee for the investigation of this issue. This step created strong emotional tension between the sick divers and their former brothers-in-arms from the navy. The aim of this paper is to describe the process by which the tension between the divers' individual and collective consciousness is discursively elaborated in their testimony to the committee. This testimony is described by means of a Bakhtinian/Volosinovian semiotic analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-340
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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