Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrating a Neighborhood Approach in a Community-based Organization: A Case Study of the Cambodian Family
by Soberon, Sophia Elena, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 128; 10839719
Abstract (Summary)

Community-based organizations (CBOs) represent an important segment of public services vital to the stability of invisible communities that otherwise remain vulnerable. Drawing from over three years of ethnographic fieldwork in a CBO in Santa Ana, California, I undertake an extensive case-study that examines their survival in a hostile funding environment by means of understanding their development, organizational learning and adaptation, social capital and networking and use of innovative sustainability strategies. The struggles this CBO encountered in their pursuit of sustainability speak to their unique aspects of service provision and community development making them an indispensable support structure for low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

I argue that their story of success reveals key principles, tenets and preliminary takeaways that may be useful toward improving the sustainability of organizational frameworks within other CBOs. Additionally, I explore how this CBO struggles to defend its vision of social change against existing conditions within the market environment that impact their success.

With growing interest toward scholarly work in this field, I emphasize the need to approach organizational fieldwork analytically as we engage with and try to understand the complicated social worlds of CBOs. The applied portion of this project resulted in the creation of promotional materials that may be useful toward fund development and historical preservation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Quintiliani, Karen
Commitee: Douglas, Thomas, Loewe, Ronald
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Organization Theory, South Asian Studies
Keywords: Applied anthropology, Cambodian refugees, Community-based organizations, Ethnographic fieldwork, Latin american immigrants, Social capital
Publication Number: 10839719
ISBN: 978-0-438-51489-8
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