Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Theodore Vial

Keywords

Civil Society, Collaboration, Complex Adaptive Systems, Dialogue, Facilitation, Habermas

Abstract

The American creed of e pluribus unum--out of many, one--has proven to be an elusive aspiration for societies throughout history. Research suggests that as the diversity of a community increases, its stores of social capital decline. Yet, there exists a growing body of evidence that suggests under certain conditions, patterns of inclusion and collaboration are not only possible but predictable. This project explores theory on effective communication practices, grounded in Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action, as well as research on effective group interaction to suggest that certain communicative capacities and collaborative processes that successfully face the challenge of e pluribus unumat the level of groups and organizations might also apply to broader communities. After reviewing a series of case studies, a community learning model is offered as a way to promote those conditions more intentionally under a broader "civic canopy" as a way to help establish a new set of community norms--or a new civic operating system--that regards civil society as a type of associational ecosystem that can enable communities to better learn and adapt to the challenges they face.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

William Kerwin Fulton

File size

163 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication, Philosophy, Regional studies

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