Volume 1: Leavitt's Dissertation

Glocalization through Emergent Narrative Communities
Volume 1 for the 2014 Compendium Conference publications

The following index for Volume 1 of the compendium outlines how the dissertation topic itself will be broken down for expansion (into Part, Chapter, and Section). The idea of the 2014 Compendium Conference is to invite global participants to add both theoretical papers and research papers to the knowledge base that Leavitt's dissertation promises to open up. The goal is to inspire a global debate on how virtual institutions might emerge as a tool for uniting apparently disparate progressive groups into a global heterogeneous policy network, no matter how small or remote.

The Research Question:
"Can the efforts of a progressive community organization that represents a marginalized and vulnerable population reasonably expect to have a meaningful impact on state-level policymaking when state-level politics are dominated by veto-proof majorities that pander to fundamentalist religious majorities and other powerful elite groups?"

Part TitleChapter TitleSection (hyperlink to sub-pages)
Part One: 
Institutional Memory


The Organization as a "Brain."

Cultural Anthropology

Linked Consensus-building Groups

Mental Health and Artistic Creativity

Emergent Narrative Communities
The MOCSIE Compendium
Institutional Memory (Part One)
Narrative Communities (PartTwo)
Sustaining Institutions (Part Three)
Interpretive Monopolies (Part Four)
Policy Networks (Part Five)
Design Theory (Part Six)

The Need for "Place" (see "Occupied Squares")
Organization Development Theory (Vol 2: Part 4)

A "Consultable Record" (Geertz)
Ostensive and Performative Views (Vol 2: Part 3)
Social Psychology and Sociology (Vol 2: Part 2)
Terror Management and Worldview Threat (Vol 2: Part 3)

The Failure of Hierarchy (Thayer)
Introduction to Design Theory (Vol 1: Part 6) (link here)
Sustaining Institutions (Vol. 1: Part 3)
(Introductory points only in this chapter.)

The Connection to Institutional Memory
The Cycle of Abuse (Vol 3: Part 2)
Personal Expression (Vol 3: Part 1)
Capturing all Media (Vol 3: Parts 3-8)

Part Two:
Narrative Communities


Narrative Communities

Displacing Narratives

Narrative Theory
Zero-sum (Ostensive) Narratives
The Futility of "Deconstructing" (Vol 1: Part 4)
Sustaining Institutions (Vol 1: Part 3)

How Membership is Defined
Narrative Boundaries

Disparate or Discordant?
Narrative "Alignment"

Part Three:
Sustaining Institutions
Narrative's Reliance on Sustaining Institutions


Institutions as "Place"

Interpretive Monopolies
The Role of the Sustaining Institution

The Progressive "Threat" (Vol 2: Part 3)
Consenting to Your Own Oppression (Hegemony)
Leaders or Gatekeepers?

Contact Hypothesis (Vol 2: Part 3)
Brick-and-Mortar Institutions
Virtual Institutions
Parasocial Contact Hypothesis (Vol 2: Part 4)

Emergent Narrative Communities

Part Four:
Policy Networks
(see Volume II: Chapter 1 for full literature review)
Interest Group Politics

Efficient Networks

Effective Networks

Classical Theories
Emerging Theories

Homogeneous Networks
Plugging "Holes" in the Network
Hierarchy and its Gatekeepers

Heterogeneous Networks
Keeping "Holes" from Forming
Consensus Building Groups

Part Five:
Design Theory
Creating the Face-to-Face Model

Infinitely Expandable

Brick-and-Mortar Economic Engines
Avoiding Hierarchy (Linked Groups)
Consensus Building
Engaging All Stakeholders

Avoiding Hierarchy (Stacked Units)
Spanning All Borders
Lowest Possible Barriers for Access

Erasing the Digital Divide
Self-employment Incubation Centers
Self-funding Activism
Glocal Governing Centers