Can You Spare Some (Social) Change? Participatory Media as Catalysts for Change in Poor and Homeless Communities

My dissertation analyzed the role of participatory media processes in increasing self-empowerment and a sense of agency for people living in poverty and homelessness. I used a combination of comparative media analysis and multi-sited ethnographic approach in a critical theoretical framework. For the ethnographic research, two case studies of community media and civic engagement were used: POOR Magazine in San Francisco, CA and the Sanctuary Women’s Development Center in Oklahoma City (OKC), OK.

Award

2014 Alice Mary Robertson Award ($1,000)

Publications

Vincent, C. (2016). Towards a Re-conceptualization of Lumpenproletariats: The Collective Organization of Poverty for Social Change Through Participatory Media. The Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 1, p. 70-83. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C. (2013). POOR Magazine and Civic Engagement through Community Media. In R.A. Lind (ed.), Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audience, Content, and Producers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Select Presentations

Vincent, C. (2018). Catalysts for Action: A Civic Media Model of Participatory Engagement. Paper presented at International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Eugene, OR June 2018. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C. (2015). Resistance Journalism: Expression, Self-Empowerment, and the Creation of Counternarratives on Poverty Through Community Media. Panel presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. San Francisco, CA August 2015.

Vincent, C. (2015). Redefining Reflexivity in the Digital Age: The New Cultural Complexity of Reflexivity. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico May 2015. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C. (2012). Language of Struggle: POOR Magazine and the Re-appropriation of “Poor” Language. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference. Orlando, FL November 2012. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C. (2013). Deconstructing the Welfare Queen: Towards a Standpoint Theory of Poverty. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference. Washington, D.C. November 2013. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C. (2011). Community Media and Processes of Civic Engagement. Paper presented at International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Istanbul, Turkey July 2011. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE