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Orientations of the heart: Exploring hope & diversity in undergraduate citizenship education


2012 2012

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This dissertation addresses the questions: How do activists sustain hope while increasingly aware of social complexity? How is agentive hope related to experiences of systemic power relations, including class, race, and gender? In a political climate increasingly circumscribed by neoliberal and neoconservative policies and rhetoric, the question of how scholars and teachers, both formal and informal, can support hopeful, agentive, social democratic citizens becomes critical. Employing a mixed genre format, based in an ethnographic position informed by Virginia Dominguez's "politics of love and rescue" and Hirokazu Miyazaki's "method of hope," I examine hope and its relationship to diversity and citizenship through analysis of in-depth field research conducted in undergraduate citizenship education courses. Through both traditional anthropological analysis and a full-length, ethnographically inspired novel, I explore activists' motivation, life stories, and political values, asking how their ability to sustain hope for the short term and the long term articulates with their lived experiences of systemic power relations and their visions of citizenship. Key factors in sustaining a long-term orientation toward hope include perspective-taking ("the wide angle lens"), loving relationships, and doing and reflecting on direct action, especially across social boundaries. I conclude that reflective, relational, action-focused pedagogies can effectively support diverse groups of hopeful, agentive citizens committed to progressive visions of social justice.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Social studies education
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0534: Social studies education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Citizenship education; Community service learning; Diversity; Genre; Hope; Politics of love; Service learning
Title
Orientations of the heart: Exploring hope & diversity in undergraduate citizenship education
Author
Henderson, Mary Hannah
Number of pages
628
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267209412
Advisor
Hemment, Julie
Committee member
Keene, Arthur; Krause, Elizabeth; Scharrer, Erica
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Anthropology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3498348
ProQuest document ID
928069925
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/928069925
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