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“Ya I Have A Disability, But That’S Only One Part Of Me”: Formative Experiences Of Young Women With Physical Disabilities, Victoria Peer Mar 2017

“Ya I Have A Disability, But That’S Only One Part Of Me”: Formative Experiences Of Young Women With Physical Disabilities, Victoria Peer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Amidst our ableist social world, there are people with disabilities who are living the lives they want to be living and are, so-to-speak, “doing their own thing.” This project focuses on what a few young adult women attribute as having helped them get to where they are today. There were two overarching open-ended research questions guided this project: (1) what opportunities and experiences have influenced the four women with physical and mobility disabilities in terms of getting to where they are today? And (2) how have these opportunities and experiences helped and/or challenged them along their journeys? The study ...


To Utopianize The Mundane: Sound And Image In Country Musicals, Siyuan Ma Mar 2016

To Utopianize The Mundane: Sound And Image In Country Musicals, Siyuan Ma

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Many consider music, songs, and dance performance as utopian signifiers for cinema, but few has entered the utopian discourse of country musicals, a small genre of cinema usually known as country music films. By closely scrutinizing Pure Country (1992), this thesis aims to reveal how country music—as music numbers and as background cues— integrate and connect the fragmented on-screen world for the country musicals so as to offer audiences a fullness of utopian experience, and how this utopian effect are culturally significant for American audiences due to country music’s unique mechanism of constructing utopia and nostalgia in its ...


In Search Of Solidarity: Identification Participation In Virtual Fan Communities, Jaime Shamado Robb Mar 2016

In Search Of Solidarity: Identification Participation In Virtual Fan Communities, Jaime Shamado Robb

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This study questions the way sports fans create (a sense of) community through online conversations. Here, ‘community’ and ‘internet’ are seen as invitational terms that suggest an authentic social interaction. By examining the language used by fans to sustain a sense of solidarity in the virtual realm, this study questions the ways in which rhetoric frames the situation. Participation in the virtual space relies on practices of identification derived from physical engagements. By using a rhetorical approach, this study illuminates the way individual participants operationalize a rhetoric in virtual conversations that spiritualize the fan’s experience at the base of ...


Living Among The Ruins Of An Unknown Past: Economic Realities, Sociocultural Perceptions, And Archaeological Practice In The Naco Valley, Honduras, Jose Enrique Moreno-Cortes Nov 2015

Living Among The Ruins Of An Unknown Past: Economic Realities, Sociocultural Perceptions, And Archaeological Practice In The Naco Valley, Honduras, Jose Enrique Moreno-Cortes

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This study addresses the relationship between perceptions of cultural patrimony, socioeconomic realities, and interactions with archaeological sites in two rural communities in the Naco Valley, Honduras. Palmarejo and Palos Blancos are communities situated around the Naco Valley, that share their space with two major archaeological sites.The residents of these communities interact with the archaeological sites by using their area for farming, cattle grazing, and social/recreational activities. On several occasions, the mounds in the archaeological sites have been used as a source of raw materials for construction. Thus far, the damage to the ruins by these activities has been ...


Embracing Civility, Community, And Citizenship: A Qualitative Study Of Multimodal College Composition Classrooms, Sarah Zoe Pike Jan 2012

Embracing Civility, Community, And Citizenship: A Qualitative Study Of Multimodal College Composition Classrooms, Sarah Zoe Pike

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis will examine ways of teaching college composition through a lens where civility, citizenship, and community are the focus of the composition classroom. By drawing from critical composition pedagogy scholars and rich examples of civil/civic dialogue from the media, I will construct a series of actionable strategies to foster civil dialogue in the multimodal college composition classroom. Using scholarship in the field of rhetoric and composition, this classroom-based research project will seek to answer questions such as: "How can a first-year college composition class teach civil dialogue and promote understanding in a society where the loudest, shrillest voices ...


A Case Study Of Perspectives On Building School And Community Partnerships, Myrna Lee Hogue Jan 2012

A Case Study Of Perspectives On Building School And Community Partnerships, Myrna Lee Hogue

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A strong partnership between a school and the surrounding community leads to school success. Schools can be more successful with community involvement and engagement than if functioning in isolation. Community engagement leads to greater academic achievement of students.

Utilizing qualitative case study methods, this study focused on the perspective of school and community partners on building relationships. The purpose of this study was to describe and explain selected participants' perspectives on how a school builds partnerships with the community. I studied the relationship between an elementary school and community partners that have been in existence for at least three years ...


Community As Metaphor: Dialectical Tensions Of A Racially Diverse Organization, Joseph Jacob Jenkins Jan 2012

Community As Metaphor: Dialectical Tensions Of A Racially Diverse Organization, Joseph Jacob Jenkins

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In recent years, a sense of community has declined throughout the United States. Common Point Community Church has responded to this trend by prioritizing "community" as an organizational metaphor. The present study explores how this metaphor is co-constructed through the communication practices of current organizational leaders and members. I begin this process, first, by positioning the study within existing literature on institutional theory, institutional legitimacy, community, community of practice, social construction of race, sensemaking, organizational metaphor, tension-centered approach, and dialectic theory. Building upon more than three years of ethnographic field work, I then outline the study's context and methodology ...


"Love's Sweet Pleasing Paine:" The Erotopian Community In Lady Mary Wroth's Love's Victory, Miranda Dawn Munson Jan 2011

"Love's Sweet Pleasing Paine:" The Erotopian Community In Lady Mary Wroth's Love's Victory, Miranda Dawn Munson

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Because of Lady Mary Wroth's prominence as an early modern writer, literary scholars have devoted much attention to her The Countesse of Mountgomeries Urania (1621) and Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (1621). However, her pastoral tragicomedy Love's Victory (1620) has received little critical attention largely because it was not published until 1988. When scholars do examine Love's Victory, they focus on biographical connections, or emphasize the instances of female agency in the play.

In this thesis, I examine Love's Victory focusing instead on the literary representation of community and love. Female agency is only one of several key ...


Constructing Alternative Christian Identity: An Ethnography Of Jesus People Usa's Cornerstone Festival, Brian Johnston Jan 2011

Constructing Alternative Christian Identity: An Ethnography Of Jesus People Usa's Cornerstone Festival, Brian Johnston

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This dissertation examines processes through which alternative Christian identities are constructed, maintained, and performed at the annual Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. Organized and managed by Jesus People USA (JPUSA), an urban commune in Chicago, Illinois, the festival includes non-traditional methods of religious expression including rock music, making camp, play, and community-building. Cornerstone Festival attracts and includes members of the Christian faith who would not otherwise be included in traditionally organized Christian groups and fosters interaction between these less enfranchised members and more traditionally minded and socialized Christian practitioners. JPUSA appropriates the festival format as a method of religious expression ...


Fantasy, Leisure, And Labor: A Story Of Temple Terrace's Historic Architecture, Rachelle Hostetler Jan 2011

Fantasy, Leisure, And Labor: A Story Of Temple Terrace's Historic Architecture, Rachelle Hostetler

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this project is to explore how the community planning and style of housing of Temple Terrace Estates embodies the socio-economic conflicts inherent to the United States in the 1920s. To account for missing narratives, I will approach this research from a critical cultural perspective. I chose this approach as a way to investigate the power dynamics in the city during the time it was known as Temple Terrace Estates Inc. The Estates attracted investors by encouraging northerners to purchase a Mediterranean Revival or Spanish Colonial style villa in conjunction with a parcel of a large orange grove ...


Assessment Of “Community Stepping Stones,” A Community-Based Youth Art Education Program, Jennifer E. A. Pedraza Nov 2010

Assessment Of “Community Stepping Stones,” A Community-Based Youth Art Education Program, Jennifer E. A. Pedraza

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Community Stepping Stones is an art education program whose objective is to

“provide education, mentor children and adolescents, enhance the community

economics, and enrich the quality of life in the community” (Community Steppping

Stones [CSS], 2009a). Community art education programs, particularly for youth, have

become increasingly popular as a way to address and prevent delinquent behavior.

However, art education programs have proven challenging to evaluate and sustain.

The goal of my thesis was to explore how Community Stepping Stones

implemented and evaluated a community-based youth arts education program

compared to other, similar programs and how the organization could make the ...


Beyond Survival: An Exploration Of Narrative Healing And Forgiveness In Healing From Rape, Heather Curry Jun 2010

Beyond Survival: An Exploration Of Narrative Healing And Forgiveness In Healing From Rape, Heather Curry

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This work explores: liberatory possibilities and limitations of narrative in healing from rape; the work and meanings of forgiveness, specifically seeking a complex definition of forgiveness drawing on spiritual, feminist, complexity, and phenomenological philosophies; and the relationships between narrative processes and forgiveness. I use an autoethnographic approach, offering my story of rape and healing in the aftermath. I attend to the physicality of the narrative, and to the way in which memory resides in the body, thus creating an embodied text. I examine current models of rape recovery, and the terms used by organizations, practitioners, and authors of rape narratives ...


Writing To (Re)New Orleans: The Post-Hurricane Katrina Blogosphere And Its Ability To Inspire Recovery, Daisy Pignetti Mar 2010

Writing To (Re)New Orleans: The Post-Hurricane Katrina Blogosphere And Its Ability To Inspire Recovery, Daisy Pignetti

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Nearly every website or software application these days features a feed to subscribe to, a network to join, or a social timeline to track—all of which do their part to influence public opinion, promote products, and bring people closer together. Being a blogger since 2003 exposed me to these user-generated trends, but never did I expect my blog space, or any others, to play such an important role in my emotional well-being; not until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sharing my story as a transplanted New Orleanian watching the disaster unfold from afar in a public forum quickly linked me to ...


Service-Learning As Strategy Of Aging And Environment: Developing Generations Of Socially Responsible Interior Designers, Lisa Marie Bates Jan 2010

Service-Learning As Strategy Of Aging And Environment: Developing Generations Of Socially Responsible Interior Designers, Lisa Marie Bates

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Interior designers are well suited as activists for change, undertaking the multitude of social issues plaguing our democratic society. On a daily basis designers are directly engaged with the world around them, inspiring dialogue in order to create the physical spaces and places where others live, work, and play. As our nation is facing obstacles and difficult issues pertaining to aging, the economy, and health care, designers can offer diversity and fulfill a multitude of responsibilities including as social scholars and educators. Inspiring and empowering the next generation of interior designers is a challenge educational institutions face. Therefore, the creation ...


Aquatecture: Architectural Adaptation To Rising Sea Levels, Erica Williams Jun 2009

Aquatecture: Architectural Adaptation To Rising Sea Levels, Erica Williams

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Our world is drastically changing. Temperatures are rising, skies over cities are blanketed with smoke, and melting glaciers are raising sea levels at alarming rates. Although the destruction we face is already threatening the quality of life for billions around the world, it could just be the beginning. What is projected to come in the future could be catastrophic. It is crucial to realize that climate change is already happening. One of the main concerns relating to climate change is that as the polar ice caps continue to melt, rising water will invade our coastal cities around the world. In ...


Framework For Self Sustaining Eco-Village, Eric Holtgard Jun 2009

Framework For Self Sustaining Eco-Village, Eric Holtgard

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Why are modern American cities fundamentally dependant on outsourced resources and dirty power? Why can't modern cities support themselves and their inhabitants without relying on resources from half way across the world? Even within the city itself, community neighborhoods are disconnected and bisected by massive expanses of life endangering highways. Why can't we wake up and open our eyes to the urban reality we are creating for future generations. Future cities must look past immediate gain and focus on long term sustainability rather than compiling L.E.E.D. points or making a selfish profit. Sustainable Infrastructure is ...


Digging It: A Participatory Ethnography Of The Experiences At A School Garden, Branimir Cvetkovic Jun 2009

Digging It: A Participatory Ethnography Of The Experiences At A School Garden, Branimir Cvetkovic

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This case study of a school garden focuses on concepts of community that are fostered and embodied at this setting. By utilizing participatory ethnographic methodologies, this research explored gemeinschaft and gesellschaft concepts of community. Data reveals that students are able to learn mastery, belonging, generosity and independence while participating in the garden work. Teachers manage students who attempt to challenge the boundaries of this community by utilizing and ethic of care which allows teachers to de-emphasize authority and to first consider the networks of relationships and how to mend and improve them. Students are able to experience governmentality and an ...


Permanent Supportive Housing In Tampa, Florida: Facilitating Transition Through Site, Program, And Design, Nicole Lara Dodd Jun 2008

Permanent Supportive Housing In Tampa, Florida: Facilitating Transition Through Site, Program, And Design, Nicole Lara Dodd

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Rapid re-housing of the homeless into permanent supportive housing has proven to be cost effective. The improved quality of life and stability reduces stress on the formerly homeless and therefore increases their viability as self-sufficient individuals. Hillsborough County (which encompasses Tampa, Florida) reported 9,532 homeless persons on any given night in the year 2007. Currently, there is not enough housing to meet the needs of every individual. While existing housing facilities contribute a great deal to this community, their locations in dilapidated urban conditions are not the most conducive environments for homeless persons to succeed. The stigma associated with ...


Quebrada Communities In The Palmarejo Valley, Northwest Honduras, William A. Klinger Jun 2008

Quebrada Communities In The Palmarejo Valley, Northwest Honduras, William A. Klinger

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The spatial relationships that exist between ancient and modern settlement and natural resources have the potential to suggest ways in which humans organized themselves into communities. This study evaluates the applicability of the concept, "quebrada community," for understanding human-environmental relationships in northwest Honduras during the Late Classic period (AD 650-900). Existing archaeological, quantitative, and geological evidence for quebrada communities are linked with spatial data on two contemporary local communities, Palmarejo and Palos Blancos. A geographic information system (GIS) is constructed and implemented in order to achieve this goal. It is argued that there are specific relationships that exist between ancient ...


Creative City And Fields Of Cultural Production: Ethnographic Perspectives Of "The Arts" In Tampa, James Kuzin Jun 2008

Creative City And Fields Of Cultural Production: Ethnographic Perspectives Of "The Arts" In Tampa, James Kuzin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Stimulated by the economic theories of Richard Florida (2005), the City of Tampa established the Office of Creative Industries (OCI) to oversee efforts to strengthen the presence and visibility of "the arts." This thesis presents ethnographic research focused on practices, and perspectives among members of the OCI's service population. From July 2006 to July 2007, I conducted fieldwork among a diverse group of stakeholders possessing a unique connection to the aims of the OCI. The central problem addressed in this research looks at the degree to which cultural change occurs from participatory, grass-roots initiatives, rather than ones emanating from ...


The Middle-Class Religious Ideology And The Underclass Struggle: A Growing Divide In Black Religion, Franklin Hills Jr. Apr 2006

The Middle-Class Religious Ideology And The Underclass Struggle: A Growing Divide In Black Religion, Franklin Hills Jr.

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The trajectory of religious phenomena has been to give a reflective, yet

formative understanding of the ethos endemic to a culture. Pursuant to this

thought, the ethos of African American religion can rightfully be described as a

religious sociological construct, mired in a myriad of changes. These changes

have had a profound effect on how African Americans relate to their God, their

world, and themselves. The chief aim of this enterprise is to chronicle the

transformation of Black Religion in the United States, noting the social and

economic factors that served synergistically to formulate its current mission. I

conclude that ...


Social Structure And Social Learning In Delinquency: A Test Of Akers' Social Structure-Social Learning Model, Stephen W. Verrill Jun 2005

Social Structure And Social Learning In Delinquency: A Test Of Akers' Social Structure-Social Learning Model, Stephen W. Verrill

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Social learning theory (Akers, 1973, 1977, 1985, 1998; Burgess & Akers, 1966) is an established general theory of criminal, deviant, and conforming behavior that finds substantial empirical support (e.g., Akers, Krohn, Lanza-Kaduce & Radosevich, 1979; Akers, La Greca, Cochran & Sellers, 1989; Alarid, Burton & Cullen, 2000; Krohn, Skinner, Massey & Akers, 1985). Although the theory provides insight into the processes that influence criminal behavior, the theory does not speak to the environments that produce such behavior--the domain of structural theories. Akers (1998) has suggested that social learning theory accounts for differences in crime rates through its mediation of structural effects on individual criminal behavior. He postulated that social structure acts as the distal cause of crime, affecting an individual̕s exposure to norm and norm-violating contingencies through the social learning process. Although the integrated cross level social structure-social learning

theory (Akers, 1998) has received empirical attention, criminologists have not adequately tested the model (Akers, 1998; Bellair, Roscigno, & Vélez, 2003; Lanza-Kaduce & Capece, 2003; Lee, 1998; Lee, Akers & Borg, 2004). Akers (1999) and colleagues (Lee et al., 2004) have suggested that future research should test models that incorporate broader social structural measures, especially those derived theoretically. The present research contributes to the theoretical body of literature through its more complete measurement of the macrosocial correlates and theoretically defined structural causes dimensions posited by Akers (1998). Secondly, the study introduces possible linkages between social structure and the social learning process in an attempt to ...


A Rhetoric Of Sports Talk Radio, John D. Reffue Jun 2005

A Rhetoric Of Sports Talk Radio, John D. Reffue

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Sports talk radio is a broadcast format that has grown exponentially through the 1990's and into the early part of the twenty-first century. Academic publications about the format, especially qualitative analyses, have been extremely limited and previous radio content researchers have called for a more in-depth study of talk radio, in particular the relationships between and among callers, hosts and the listening audience. This study examines sports talk radio as a format separate from political talk radio programming. An evolution of the format from its roots as a broadcast novelty to the modern day stand-alone genre is traced, including ...


"Ethnographizing" Service-Learning: Creating A Politically Engaged Anthropology, Wendy Ann Hathaway Jun 2005

"Ethnographizing" Service-Learning: Creating A Politically Engaged Anthropology, Wendy Ann Hathaway

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Service-Learning is a popular teaching method that is increasingly being adopted by institutions of higher learning throughout the nation and is enthusiastically promoted as a progressive method for mediating the alleged decline in civic responsibility and ameliorating subsequent social ills. Service-learning courses are also seen as an answer to growing student disinterest by connecting students to real world experiences while simultaneously providing much needed community support in the face of receding social services in this Post-Welfare moment (Goode and Maskovsky 2001a). Anthropological insights, born out of a liberal humanistic tradition, can be employed to critically examine this popular educational and ...