Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Same Ten People (STPs) of Rockville: Volunteerism, Preservation, and Sense of Community in Small-Town Southern Utah
by Edwards, Tori, M.S., Utah State University, 2017, 103; 10601047
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the central role that volunteerism plays in creating a strong sense of sense of place and community within the town of Rockville, Utah, located 4.7 miles from Zion National Park. Rockville has no commercial businesses within its boundaries and relies heavily upon the volunteer efforts of its residents to carry out the majority of civil services within the town. Drawing from interviews of the STP’s (a group of Rockville residents who volunteer on a regular basis), this thesis highlights how the act of volunteerism helps residents feel membership within their community. This thesis also looks at how the STPs’ participation in town socials, clean-ups, and helping neighbors affected by natural disasters, helps them feel a deeper sense of belonging within their community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Siporin, Steve
Commitee: Gabbert, Lisa, Sowder, Michael
School: Utah State University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Folklore, Regional Studies
Keywords: Personal experience narrative, Sense of community, Sense of place, Southern Utah, Volunteerism, Zion National Park
Publication Number: 10601047
ISBN: 978-0-355-07061-3
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