Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Hollis Glaser
The purpose of this study is to examine a discourse of sustainability. Proponents of particular environmental and development practices use the term sustainability in a variety of contexts in order to signify a variety of preferred states for the planet, and descriptions of a relationship between natural and man-made environments. I argue that this term should be studied in places where people are talking about, promoting, teaching and negotiating its meaning. Because sustainability discourse is ultimately concerned with places and times that are removed from the immediacy of the present, Fantasy Theme Analysis (FTA) is an ideal methodology for studying a discourse of sustainability. I describe the discourse of The Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities in terms of a unitary rhetorical vision: Designing Sustainable Communities and Creating a Sense of Community. The formulation of this rhetorical vision is instructive for understanding how the term sustainability is constructed, negotiated and implemented in practice.
Leighter, James L., "Designing Sustainable Communities and Creating a Sense of Community: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of One Organization's Vision of the Future" (2003). Student Work. 1898.