A Rhetorical and Hermeneutic Analysis of Texts Related to Alcohol Use


  • Karen Cronick Universidad Central de Venezuela




rhetoric, interpretation, alcohol


In this paper I analyze 11 interviews carried out with people who use alcohol or are related to people who do so. All the participants are residents of a Venezuelan community, San Antonio de los Altos. I have chosen these particular people because they relate to the use of this substance in varying ways and they have contrasting relationships with others who use it. I use a rhetorical and hermeneutic analysis to create new texts in the senses developed by BURKE and BILLIG. I conclude with a brief reflection on how the different ways that people relate to alcohol are found in their lifeworld (HABERMAS). Changes in this relationship seem to happen through access to new models in this world. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050384


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Author Biography

Karen Cronick, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Karen CRONICK se graduó de la Universidad Case Western Reserve en Cleveland, Ohio en los Estados Unidos en 1963. Obtuvo su maestría de la Universidad Simón Bolívar en Caracas en 1980, y su doctorado de la Universidad Central de Venezuela en el 2001. Ella ha desempeñado como docente en la misma universidad desde el 1985. Sus intereses investigativos incluyen la psicología comunitaria y ambiental y el análisis retórico de discurso.



How to Cite

Cronick, K. (2005). A Rhetorical and Hermeneutic Analysis of Texts Related to Alcohol Use. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.24