Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
Nick Romerhausen, Ph.D.
Dennis O’Grady, Ph. D.
Raymond Quiel, Ph. D.
As conditions for the global environment continue to degrade and the climate crisis deepens, wilderness and protected areas (PAs) serve as a bulwark for sustainability goals. As much of the protections and strengths of PAs stem from the public’s opinion of them, this research seeks to further understand the communicative underpinnings of PAs. Utilizing autoethnography and applying it to a rhetorical framework, this study explores the constitutive qualities narrative in conjunction with the wilderness can possess. The results offer suggestions for future communication scholars and advocates to employ while discussing and communicating about the wilderness.
Reimer, Isaac S., "Narrative of the wild: An autoethnographic exploration of protected areas within the United States of America" (2020). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 1029.