Date of Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Norman St. Clair, PhD, Committee Chair
Lopita Nath, PhD, Committee Member
Sister Walter Maher, Committee Member
The focus of this ethnographic instrumental case study is to communicate the seriousness of a growing trend in the United States: closings of inner-city/urban Catholic schools by the local diocese. Utilizing Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice (1977) and the Church’s Catholic Social Teaching, this study examined the question: What does it mean for the parish community and the church, as a whole, when the Catholic school that was once a big part of community life is no longer there? This research study examined community members’ role(s), response to, and experience of a closing; examined the implications on person-community-Church relationship; and examine the values and practices of Catholic Social Teaching in relationship to the community process of communication.
De La Portilla, Ana Maria, "The Closing of Inner-city Catholic Elementary Schools and the Impact on Community: An Ethnographic Instrumental Case Study of Two Neighboring Communities" (2018). Theses & Dissertations. 330.
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