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Planning For A Postmodern Era: Storytelling, Public Participation, And The Limits Of Ordinary Democracy, Sara Elizabeth Mcclellan Jan 2012

Planning For A Postmodern Era: Storytelling, Public Participation, And The Limits Of Ordinary Democracy, Sara Elizabeth Mcclellan

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Everyday assumptions about democracy and its limitations shape alternative public participation practices. This case study examines how participants in a multi-stakeholder city visioning process communicated to design a storytelling initiative with the aim of updating the city’s general plan based on community values. By framing public participation as a discursive practice, this analysis shows how a variety of participant discourses shaped communication design in ways that enabled and constrained public interaction in meaningful ways. This study employs discourse tracing (LeGreco & Tracy, 2009) methods to analyze how subjects (re)produced and navigated a variety of discourses to understand, design, and ...