Author

Costello

Date of Award

8-1998

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Cousins

Second Advisor

Dr. Miles

Third Advisor

Dr. Wozniak

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Loeffler

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Studies of community empowerment have shown the benefits of involving recipient communities in the process of designing and implementing social aid programs. One of these benefits is the empowerment of previously disenfranchised individuals and communities. Through qualitative ethnographic research, this thesis shows how residents of one low-income community in South-West Michigan have become more empowered through their involvement in the design and implementation of a school-based health center.

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