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Organizing Compassionate Communication: Pragmatic Fieldwork with Nonprofits and Homeless Young Adults

Abstract In an effort to understand and improve interactions between homeless young adults and the nonprofit organizations that serve them, I engaged in a long-term, qualitative, participatory action project. My project involved input from homeless young adults, nonprofit organizations, volunteers/staff, and communication scholarship. While taking a community-engaged, participatory, and qualitative approach, I focused on the interactions between youth and the organizations. Particularly, I drew on homeless young adult experiences to inform services and illuminate compassion within the context of the nonprofit organizations. In the end, this project extends the individual model of compassion to include presence, identifies potential ruptures in the p... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Huffman, Tim (Author) / Trethewey, Angela (Advisor) / Tracy, Sarah J (Committee member) / Hagar, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Organization theory / Communication / Compassion / Homeless / Nonprofit / Organization / Youth
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 270 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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