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Cultivating Good Workers: Youth Gardening, Non-Profits and Neoliberalization

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dc.contributor.advisor Elwood, Sarah en_US Gordon, Elyse en_US 2012-09-13T17:40:00Z 2012-09-13T17:40:00Z 2012-09-13 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Gordon_washington_0250O_10501.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract In cities across the United States, nonprofit programs have stepped in to fill gaps in social service provisioning left after decades of neoliberalization. Needing to appeal to donors and foundations, many organizations adopt vague language of "empowerment". This project presents a qualitative case study of one youth gardening empowerment program in Seattle, Washington. I explore how the organization conceptualizes its work in relation to city-wide efforts at community building, how this work is conveyed to donors, and how it is actually experienced by the youth. In addition to teaching gardening skills, I argue that the organization influences the formation of youth subjectivities. The program encourages youth to become "good workers", strive towards middle class aspirations, and reifies discourses of the undeserving poor along axes of age. This project contributes to an understanding of relational and contingent neoliberalisms as well as subjectivity formation from a critical youth geography perspective. en_US
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dc.subject Gardens; Neoliberalization; Nonprofits; Youth Geographies en_US
dc.subject.other Geography en_US
dc.subject.other Geography en_US
dc.title Cultivating Good Workers: Youth Gardening, Non-Profits and Neoliberalization en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.embargo.terms No embargo en_US

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