Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Domes at UC Davis: A Conflict-Ridden Narrative
by Pardo, Veronica Louise, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2012, 45; 1530022
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the recent history of the Baggins End Innovative Housing community—familiarly known as the Domes—on the University of California, Davis (UCD) campus. Built by students in 1972, the consensus-governed housing cooperative has cyclically been threatened with community closure and, cyclically, students and Dome supporters have managed to prevent closure. However, on January 24th, 2011, UCD Student Housing publically announced that they would no longer offer leases to student residents beyond the spring term. Supporters mobilized and, in spite of a five-month period of complete vacancy, the Domes successfully reopened on January 4th , 2012, now under the management of the Solar Community Housing Association (SCHA).

This thesis questions: how was the Domes community saved, yet again, and why is this significant? The Domes, as space, is representative of the imagined neoliberal utopian "community", understood as "sustainable" in the contemporary moment. This community narrative, rooted in the modern Western logic of capital and utopian metaphors, has powerful implications in the field of community development. This thesis is an attempt to unpack the multifaceted relationships that underlie the continuity of the Domes, questioning how narrative constructions serve to both foster and threaten the community, in order to better comprehend, on a meta-level, how Western narrative imaginations—with particular values and ideologies—influence the practice and process of modern community development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Watson-Gegeo, Karen
Commitee: Hirtz, Frank, Sze, Julie
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Community Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Area Planning and Development
Keywords: Community development, Domes, Utopia, Western
Publication Number: 1530022
ISBN: 978-1-267-76082-1
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