How dreaming displaces duty : individualism, the American Dream, and perceptions of houseless individuals
This thesis project analyses the rhetoric of the American Dream myth as it appears within discussions about houseless populations. The American Dream myth has been shown to promote individualistic values, though it has never been studied as a tool for citizens to deliberate houselessness United States. Data for this study was obtained in Fort Collins, Colorado from Facebook comments on articles posted by a local news outlet. The Coloradoan published articles from 2014 to 2016 regarding the community's attitudes about a local park where many houseless individuals congregated. In these comments, ...