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Title:Assessing Social Capital and Community Involvement: Social Network Analysis for the Sustainable Amish Community Tourism Development
Author(s):Jeong, Seonhee
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bruce Wicks
Department / Program:Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Discipline:Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:Action research was incorporated in quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and social network analysis in this dissertation. Action research helps to refine the initial problem statement of the community (advertisement, lack of collaboration mechanism), and improving the local problem-solving capacity (showing them about their structure). At the same time, the researcher's own academic inquiry which was not directly concerned with community's needs and issues was successfully investigated because of the supports of community. Local knowledge, historical consciousness, and everyday experience of the insiders were acknowledged by the qualitative method. At the same time my skills in research procedures, quantitative data that I had access to, and comparative knowledge of the subject were shared with participants. Mixed method was used in this process. It contextualized causal understandings of social phenomena require lenses of both generality and particularity, both objectivity and subjectivity, both patterned regularities and idiosyncratic stories, both policy and advocacy value stances. Data (different people for the same event, different time for the same person) triangulation and methodological triangulation (multiple methods for the same inquiry) were employed to improve the credibility of findings. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).
Issue Date:2008
Description:277 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314805
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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