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Title: Dream. Drive. Do.: becoming that ‘someone like me’
Author(s): Forber-Pratt, Anjali
Director of Research: Aragon, Steven R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Aragon, Steven R.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Denzin, Norman K.; Alston, Reginald J.; Span, Christopher
Department / Program: Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline: Human Resource Education
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): autoethnography
cultural capital
citizenship capital
resistance capital
transformational capital
spiritual capital
social capital
navigational capital
linguistic capital
aspirational capital
familial capital
role model
Abstract: The author presents an autoethnographic account that captures the vulnerable moments, emotions and critical incidents to produce an evocative story about becoming a role model. Applying the theoretical lens of cultural capital, broader implications are made about identity development, race, disability and discrimination. A fusion between social science and screenplay yields a compelling story where the effects of reality, vivid details, and human experience come together. This unique intersection relies on the power of dialogue as well as rich visual imagery and cinematic techniques to capture key moments and the emotions of certain critical incidents. The overarching story pertains to a federal lawsuit and serves as the anchor point. By moving forward and backward in time from this main event, other pieces pertaining to race, adoption, disability, sport and family are weaved throughout. The result is a survivor’s tale that encourages other’s to empathize and reflect about his or her own tale and engage in moral and ethical conversations. The author wants others to feel motivated to take control over their own lives, to think differently about the notion of diversity and to feel empowered to become a role model to others. This dissertation gives a voice to the autoethnographic “I” through scenes and challenges hegemonic ways.
Issue Date: 2012-05-22
Rights Information: (c) 2012 Anjali J. Forber-­Pratt
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-22
Date Deposited: 2012-05

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