Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploration of a progressive generation: Millennial elected officials and community activists
by Garvey, Margaret Ruth, M.A., Prescott College, 2011, 196; 1502853
Abstract (Summary)

Using the model of an insider ethnography this study looked to generate and promote a participant directed understanding of the meaning of a "Progressive" identity to a small group of willing participants each living and working in Arizona at the time of the study. The participants each self identified as Progressives and were between the ages of 18–36 years of age.

What was discovered is this small group of young Progressives articulated a strong consensus around each of the guiding interview and research questions. They agreed that a modern Progressive movement exists and that it is growing, likewise they acknowledged a generational trend within the movement. The participants offered valuable insight into the use, usefulness and cause of the Progressive Movement and Progressive identity. Four overarching themes include; (1) Progressive is an Identity of Practice not Idealism, (2) Progressive's Aim to Change Systems of Power, (3) Progressives Seek Grounded Solutions, and finally (4) Progressives are Driven by Un-proscribed Values.

This thesis is a platform and megaphone for the participants of this study. The author's hope is to bring more attention and inspire dialog about the movement, and the world, these young Progressives hope to create.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hammer, Zoe
Commitee: Amster, Randall, Rivera, Gibran
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Regional Studies, Political science
Keywords: Civics, Millennial generation, Politics, Progressive generation, Youth
Publication Number: 1502853
ISBN: 978-1-267-06526-1
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