Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Educational Administration and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Doris Candelarie

Second Advisor

Erin Anderson

Third Advisor

Sarah Bridich

Fourth Advisor

P. Bruce Uhrmacher

Keywords

Educational leadership, Social structure

Abstract

This study investigated social structures that are alternative to the prevailing assumption of Social Dominance Theory (SDT), which is that all human interaction is based on social hierarchies. The implications of social dominance impact health at an institutional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal level. The intersection of these levels of social dominance cause health disparities that perpetuate gaps between populations. This study explored one community organizing group who is challenging social dominance by creating alternative social structures. The methods of this study included Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Arts Based Research (ABR) as ways to generate middle-range theorizing and attempt to exercise decolonizing methodology. The collective social structure of the community organizing group under study was examined and compared to social dominance. This ethnographic study from an emic perspective found four components of a social structure, including responsiveness as a prime motivator to act, welcoming as a form of reciprocity, centering community voice as an institution, and justice to promote equity.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Andrew A. Fox

File size

289 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Educational leadership

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