Date of Award

Summer 2010

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First Advisor

Karen Monkman, PhD


The purpose of this case study was to explore how participants of a community organization are engaged in the problem solving and decision-making process regarding neighborhood issues and concerns. In addition, this study explored the informal education process embedded within the problem solving and decision-making processes and the various forms of empowerment that exist within the organization. My data collection involved participant and non-participant observations, four in-depth interviews, and analysis of organizational and media documents. This organization’s power-based confrontational approach to organizing consisted of local leadership development, community-led outreach and action, and community and organizational identified accomplishments. Community participants engaged in a representative and participatory democratic process, which created an informal space for learning. This democratic and informal education process provided opportunity for individual and collective empowerment.

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