Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International/Intercultural Studies

Reader 1

Joe Parker

Reader 2

Lako Tongun

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This project aims to consider the proliferation of the NGO in the 21st century and the implications that this model has for justice, freedom and social change. The nonprofit, or nongovernmental organization, will be examined using theorists and thinkers Michel Foucault and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, in hopes of understanding the ways in which the NGO limits freedom and perpetuates violence. There will be an exploration of struggling for agency beyond the nonprofit, including an introduction to examples of other change-making models from the United States and Latin America. The goal of this project is to critically examine the current frameworks for social change-making and to find more ethical ways of democratic social transformation.