Exploring community empowerment, in planning practice and theory, through a community computer network, a case study of the Seattle Community Network through the eyes of three fictional characters
Thomas, Christina D.
This thesis explores the question "What is the current and potential role of community computer networks (CCNs) in the empowerment of communities in the planning process?" The answer to this question is contemplated by addressing the concepts of community empowerment, the place of community empowerment in the planning process, and the theory and practice of CCNs as a product of information technology. These concepts are addressed within the framework of a case study of the Seattle Community Network (SCN) and an exploration of the SCN through the eyes of three fictional characters. Conclusions are drawn through a synthesis of the literature on community empowerment, planning and CCNs with the SCN case study and fictional character exploration. This synthesis reveals that the concepts of community empowerment and planning are compatible with radical planning practice and theory within the context of CCNs. The synthesis further reveals that within the radical planning practice and theory construct, CCNs can beseen to empower communities. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)