Living on the margins of democratic representation: Social connected community responsibility as Civic engagement in an incorporated area
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
We examine the civic engagement processes and practices among Viva Live Oak! photovoice project participants residing in an unincorporated area with limited local democratic representation and institutional resources. Eight individual interviews and thirty‐one group photovoice meetings were conducted, audio recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. We describe how social structures of unincorporation shaped community life, and how this unique context informed participants’ civic engagement. We argue for a conceptualization of civic engagement that centers a social connection model of community responsibility, to make legible the social, relational, and civic actions of unincorporated area residents.
Fernández, J. S., & Langhout, R.D. (2018). Living on the margins of democratic representation: Social connected community responsibility as Civic engagement in an incorporated area. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1-2), 75-86.