Uncovering an Alternative Social Structure to Social Dominance: A Blend of Ethnography and Community Based Participatory Research
Date of Award
Educational Administration and Policy Studies
P. Bruce Uhrmacher
Educational leadership, Social structure
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.
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Fox, Andrew A., "Uncovering an Alternative Social Structure to Social Dominance: A Blend of Ethnography and Community Based Participatory Research" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1931.
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Andrew A. Fox
Community-Based Research Commons, Educational Administration and Supervision Commons, Educational Leadership Commons