Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Darrin K. Hicks, Ph.D.

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.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jonathan F. Denzler

File size

114 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Rhetoric, Communication, Philosophy

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