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What Benefactors Want: Social Movement Patronage in Pittsburgh’s 20th century Redevelopment

McClymonds, Daniel (2024) What Benefactors Want: Social Movement Patronage in Pittsburgh’s 20th century Redevelopment. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Some social movements rely on the support of powerful benefactors, including state agencies, philanthropic foundations, or businesses, and scholars have long examined how this support both enables and constrains movement activity. In this dissertation, I elucidate benefactors’ decision-making processes by developing the concept of patronage and a patronage argument that I assess alongside prevailing theories in three case studies in Pittsburgh’s 20th century history in which community-based movements emerged with the support of powerful benefactors to challenge urban redevelopment. In particular, I examine the foundation of Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. in 1968, Wylie-Centre Industries, Inc. in 1971, and the Steel Valley Authority in 1986. Using formal historical methods and archival data, this study examines whether and how benefactors’ decisions to support these movement efforts were influenced by the prospects of containing insurgent movements or opportunities to advance their own interests. The dissertation concludes by spelling out patronage argument’s novel insights and new avenues for research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McClymonds, Danieldgmcclymonds@gmail.comdam2560000-0002-5867-7108
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBloom,
Committee MemberBrush,
Committee MemberLogan,
Committee MemberStaggenborg,
Date: 13 May 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 April 2024
Approval Date: 13 May 2024
Submission Date: 22 April 2024
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 169
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social movements, urban redevelopment, Pittsburgh, housing, employment, de-industrialization
Date Deposited: 13 May 2024 13:53
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 13:53


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