Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Darrin Hicks

Second Advisor

Luis LEon

Keywords

community engagement, food access, food desert, impact, philantrophy, storytelling

Abstract

Forwarding a narrative framework of philanthropic impact this thesis problematizes the evaluation methods used by social engagement organizations to measure the impact or change that they are contributing to in a community. By focusing on the example of food access, and the corresponding language of the "food desert", this project locates the power to control the framing of social issues n the hands of funders as opposed to those who experience the real life effects of living in poverty or resource-poor communities. This process then lets the philanthropists set a goal and meet that goal without ever truly communicating or understanding the complexity of factors that affect a community politic. Instead, by looking to the community's stories of a social concern an engagement plan can better reflect the needs and interests of that community.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jonathan Denzler

File size

114 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Rhetoric, Communication, Philosophy

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