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dc.contributor.authorTronstad, LaRae D.
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-27T21:52:19Z
dc.date.available2012-08-27T21:52:19Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-27
dc.date.submittedJuly 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/21008
dc.description.abstractAt a particular faith-based nonprofit homeless shelter located in metropolitan area in the Southwest region of the United States, here called the Little City, this ethnography of communication used one hundred hours of observation, eighteen interviews and two social artifacts to reveal the complex nature of personhood, norms for, and consequences of communicative interaction between homeless individuals and volunteers. Homeless individuals were depicted by themselves, staff, volunteers and the organization as persons who are “broken,” “addicted,” and as “the new poor.” Once homeless individuals joined the Life in Christ’s Power program at the Little City, they were “depersonalized” as they became students of Christianity, of self and of opportunity. Additionally, homeless individuals also become a person who was either a “giver” or a “user of the program.” In contrast to homeless individuals, volunteers were perceived as “just people” but still “outsiders” who were “manipulatable” by homeless individuals. Sometimes perceived as “a joke” to homeless shelter guests, volunteers were also noted as persons that “invest” in the homeless shelter. These aspects of personhood corresponded to different norms of communicative interaction. More specifically, homeless individuals abided by socially constructed norms of communicative interaction that instruct homeless individuals to not approach, to not yell at, to not fraternize with, and to not ask a volunteer for things, specifically cigarettes. The outcome of these norms of communicative interaction between homeless individuals and volunteers created two “regimes” as homeless individuals felt “left out” by volunteers. Some individuals evaluated situations in which violating the norms for communication were appropriate while still accepting that the consequences of their actions may result in the homeless individual jeopardizing their “privilege” to stay at the Little City. In light of potential consequences, the different dimensions of personhood for volunteers and homeless individuals influence how norms of communicative interaction affect whether homeless individuals can or cannot ask for help from volunteers within the speech community at the Little City.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectHomelessnessen_US
dc.subjectEthnography of Communicationen_US
dc.subjectPersonhooden_US
dc.subjectNorms of Communicationen_US
dc.subjectVolunteerismen_US
dc.subjectConsequencesen_US
dc.subjectAsking for Helpen_US
dc.subject.lcshHomeless persons
dc.subject.lcshShelters for the homeless
dc.subject.lcshVolunteer workers in social service
dc.subject.lcshCommunication in social work
dc.subject.lcshPersons
dc.subject.lcshIntercultural communication
dc.subject.lcshFaith-based human services
dc.title"And Now I'm Here": An Ethnography of Communication Inquiry into "Asking for Help" Practices at a Homeless Shelteren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeCommunicationen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalismen_US
dc.description.advisorCovarrubias, Patricia
dc.description.committee-memberShiver, Janet
dc.description.committee-memberOakdale, Suzanne


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