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Ending Poverty? Critical Interrogations of Class Subjectivities, Agency, and Ideologies in Discursive and Embodied Texts From a U.S. Nonprofit

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Ending Poverty? Critical Interrogations of Class Subjectivities, Agency, and Ideologies in Discursive and Embodied Texts From a U.S. Nonprofit

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dc.contributor.author Lawless, Brandi
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T16:34:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T16:34:50Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21053
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores subjectivities, agency, and power relations that emerge in discourses and performances related to one U.S. nonprofit organization attempting to end poverty, referred to as Transforming Poverty Partnerships (TPP). The author analyzes training materials, interview transcripts, and performance texts documented through participant observation. This study reveals a number of discourses in each of the texts, which function to reproduce dominant societal ideologies about individual hard work as a pathway to success, individual responsibility to create change, the normalization of the middle class, and a reinforcement of whiteness. The author takes a praxical approach in using theories from critical intercultural communication, performance studies, and critical pedagogy as a framework for understanding how subject positioning is realized and actualized in this organizational setting, how agency is enabled and constrained, and how texts reveal discourses, which ultimately function to reinforce and/or resist hegemonic systems of oppression. This framework and analysis leads to several recommendations for this nonprofit, with implications for similar organizations. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Agency en_US
dc.subject Critical Discourse Analysis en_US
dc.subject Ideology en_US
dc.subject Embodied en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Critical discourse analysis
dc.subject.lcsh Intercultural communication
dc.subject.lcsh Nonprofit organizations -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Classism -- Case studies
dc.title Ending Poverty? Critical Interrogations of Class Subjectivities, Agency, and Ideologies in Discursive and Embodied Texts From a U.S. Nonprofit en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Communication en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalism en_US
dc.description.advisor Collier, Mary Jane
dc.description.committee-member Cramer, Janet
dc.description.committee-member Milstein, Tema
dc.description.committee-member Herrera, Brian


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