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2009

Iowa State University

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Resilience In Small Towns: An Analysis Of Economic Shocks, Social Capital, And Quality Of Life, Nicholas Lee Recker Jan 2009

Resilience In Small Towns: An Analysis Of Economic Shocks, Social Capital, And Quality Of Life, Nicholas Lee Recker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines how small Iowa communities respond to sudden events that significantly impact the local economy (economic shocks). I focus my analysis on two specific types of economic shocks: 1.) internally generated and positive in regards to the local economy and 2.) externally generated and negative in regards to the local economy. As these economic shocks occur, some communities may retain their local quality of life where others do not. I focus on social capital as a pivotal concept in explaining why some communities are better able to retain their quality of life. The literature suggests that quality of ...


A Lattice Analysis Of Social Capital And Related Concepts In Small Iowa Towns, Ehren Dean Stover-Wright Jan 2009

A Lattice Analysis Of Social Capital And Related Concepts In Small Iowa Towns, Ehren Dean Stover-Wright

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using the 2004 Rural Development Initiative data, 99 communities are compared. Three varieties of social capital and ten other constructs serve as dependent variables. The social capital forms are within group, between group, and out-bridging. The dependent qualities are homogeneity, us-versus-them, embeddedness, selectorate, trusting attitude, cohesiveness, contentment, relational rationality, satisfaction with public services and satisfaction with government services. The four forms of cardinality are level cardinality, bijective cardinality, injective cardinality and composite cardinality. An analytic paradigm employing lattices and network analysis is developed to analyze hypotheses. I also address a confusion that grows from sociology investigating groups and group interaction ...


Making A Postmodern Turn: Re-Creating Community Cultural Capital During Economic Restructurings, Ryan Orr Jan 2009

Making A Postmodern Turn: Re-Creating Community Cultural Capital During Economic Restructurings, Ryan Orr

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

After Whirlpool Corporation officials acquired Maytag Corporation in 2006, Maytag operations in Newton, Iowa, the birthplace of Maytag and former home to Maytag headquarters office and a long-standing manufacturing plant, were subsequently closed. With the closings, Newton residents encounter a double victimization. In addition to losing the community's primary employer and tax base contributor, residents lost a primary source of community culture for over 100 years. This study examines residents' practices in re-creating community cultural capital - Newton's collective identities, senses of place, and general cultural ways - following local Maytag closings. Along with focusing on the interplay between structure ...


Keeping The Wineglass Full: Exploring The Intersection Of Sustainable Viticulture And Sustaining Winegrower Legacy In Lodi, California, Matthew Hoffman Jan 2009

Keeping The Wineglass Full: Exploring The Intersection Of Sustainable Viticulture And Sustaining Winegrower Legacy In Lodi, California, Matthew Hoffman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis broadly explores one community of winegrowers as they attempt to collectively sustain their livelihoods by employing the sustainable agriculture model. Through in-depth interviews with fourteen organizationally defined sustainable winegrowers, this thesis articulates the actual and potential role sustainable viticulture plays in sustaining the livelihoods of winegrowers in Lodi, California. The unassuming town of Lodi is of particular interest, since these winegrowers have blazed a trail in the field of sustainable viticulture. Lodi winegrowers have established some of the most robust sustainable agriculture programs in California, and arguably in the country. My interpretations of Lodi's achievements are couched ...