Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Zoann Snyder

Second Advisor

Dr. Paula Brush

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Caringella-MacDonald

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research explores the issue of how individualism is situated within and expressed through a progressive, alternative, and constitutive community. The Lesbian Connection, a lesbian owned and operated publication, will be considered as it relates to the individual-focused dialogue that recent radical theorists claim to be of great importance to the formation of "ideal" communities. Content analysis will be used to investigate how lesbians choose to shape their own community identity while maintaining a sense of personal individualism. Additional attention will be afforded to how lesbians use interaction through text to shape community norms and identify common goals.