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A vision of ourselves: regional rhetoric's impact upon public policy relating to individuals experiencing homelessness

dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Garrison Michael, author
dc.contributor.authorDunn, Thomas, advisor
dc.contributor.authorPrasch, Allison, committee member
dc.contributor.authorScott, Ryan, committee member
dc.description2018 Summer.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractPublic policy at all levels, local, state, and national, has a profound, yet seldom, recognized impact upon the lives of citizens unless the policy directly impacts them. In the following thesis, I explore the discourse and debate that a local-level public policy can have upon the construction of space, impact upon already marginalized populations, and the use of regional identity to justify said policy. More specifically, I explore the consideration of a "appropriate-use of public space ordinance" in a mid-sized city, Fort Collins, Colorado. I argue that visions of Fort Collins regional identity are used to justify certain aspects of the ordinance that criminalize individuals experiencing homelessness. In my analysis, I make use of theories of communication and space including critical regionalism, juxtaposition, and spatial trajectories. In application of these theories to understand my text I am performing an analysis of critical rhetoric to reveal potential power struggles at play and the possibility for change.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
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dc.subjectFort Collins
dc.subjectpublic policy
dc.subjectspatial trajectories
dc.subjectcritical regionalism
dc.subjectsocial justice
dc.titleA vision of ourselves: regional rhetoric's impact upon public policy relating to individuals experiencing homelessness
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