The Resource Changing the world one porch swing at a time : a rhetorical-ethnographic analysis of the official and vernacular rhetorics of New Urbanist communities, Katie Marie Cruger

Changing the world one porch swing at a time : a rhetorical-ethnographic analysis of the official and vernacular rhetorics of New Urbanist communities, Katie Marie Cruger

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Changing the world one porch swing at a time : a rhetorical-ethnographic analysis of the official and vernacular rhetorics of New Urbanist communities
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Changing the world one porch swing at a time
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a rhetorical-ethnographic analysis of the official and vernacular rhetorics of New Urbanist communities
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Katie Marie Cruger
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Responding to the convergence of our planet's environmental crisis and society's isolation epidemic, the increasingly popular New Urbanism design movement attempts to remedy the physical symptoms of the Suburban juggernaut. This thesis offers an intertextual analysis of the rhetorics of New Urbanism as they manifest themselves in the Holiday neighborhood, located in Boulder, Colorado. In particular, it considers the interplay of the material space of Holiday; the official rhetorics of urban planners, marketers, and designers; and the vernacular rhetorics of residents, neighbors, and passersby. To attend to the spatial dimensions of Holiday and to capture its vernacular, or everyday rhetoric, I combine ethnographic field methods and interviews with textualist rhetorical criticism to re-read the complexities that New Urbanism's discursive and material formations pose for communities. I begin Chapter One by situating New Urbanism as a rhetorical phenomenon, drawing on aspects of visual rhetoric, public memory, vernacular rhetoric, and rhetorics of space and place. Chapter Two explores Greenwashing and its rhetorical practices at Holiday neighborhood, highlighting two glaring contradictions between official rhetoric and everyday practice: use of public space and car dependency. In Chapter Three, adopting three categories first examined in my review of literature as a frame for grounding disparate aspects of constitutive identity, I investigate aspects of each of these rhetorics, which contribute to two dueling resident identities in Holiday: that of the hippie and that of the hipster. Ultimately, I argue that the rhetoric of this New Urbanist community acts as a green screen, assuaging residents' liberal guilt without insisting they match word to deed. I conclude in Chapter Four by linking the rhetorics and my observation of this specific community to larger contemporary discourses about community planning and urban design, revealing its paradoxes and challenges. Aesthetic solutions may not be enough for social problems; in order for the utopian rhetoric of New Urbanism to be realized, there must be buy-in on the part of community members. In short, my study attempts to expose the very real lived contradictions and discursive formations present in the rhetoric of one such community, whose residents try to grapple with larger cultural discourses while they wrestle with their day to day obligations
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008.
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  • Cities and towns
  • City planning
  • Urban renewal
  • Neighborhood planning
  • Boulder (Colo.)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-105)
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Changing the world one porch swing at a time : a rhetorical-ethnographic analysis of the official and vernacular rhetorics of New Urbanist communities, Katie Marie Cruger
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  • Title from fiche header
  • Adviser: Lisa Keranen
  • UMI: 1453569
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-105)
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microfiche
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he
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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11 x 15 cm
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2 microfiches (v, 105 leaves)
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microfiche
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9780549562634
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microform
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)982066306
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