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Place-Based Authenticity: How Grassroots Actors in Urban Environments Gain Positive News Coverage

Chapman, Connor M. (2022) Place-Based Authenticity: How Grassroots Actors in Urban Environments Gain Positive News Coverage. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Authenticity is credited to the success of social movements. This project seeks to extend existing literatures on social movements and authenticity to see how places and spaces interact with grassroots actors and social movement organizations to produce authenticity. Using the local news media as a frame through which to view authenticity, I textually analyze 106 local news articles of a contentious urban development project in Pittsburgh, PA. I find that (1) the news media is receptive to place as an indicator of authenticity and (2) combining grassroots and institutional authenticity was important in creating the idea that a broader “community” was generally opposed to the development project. These findings could have important implications for how authenticity plays a role in community representation in urban politics, which, in turn, contributes to the broader justice-oriented discussion on how people and organizations contribute to discourses related to urban land use, development, and community preservation.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chapman, Connor M.cmc246@pitt.educmc2460000-0001-6181-249X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairStaggenborg,
Committee MemberSmith,
Date: 6 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 March 2022
Approval Date: 6 June 2022
Submission Date: 5 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authenticity, Media, Grassroots, Urban
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 16:09
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 16:09


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