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American Legion Ethnography

Methods of Contextual Research || IDUS 711

Savannah College of Art and Design

Winter 2011

Prof. Stokes Jones

Design Team: Marshall Jamshidi (MA Industrial Design)

Shan-Yin Lin (MA Industrial Design)

Cary Robinson (MA Design Management)

Laura Schoenthaler (MA Sustainability Design)

Krista Siniscarco (MFA Design Management)

The purpose of this exploratory study was to understand the relationship between existing memberships and services of American Legion Post 135 and the conditions providing opportunities for holistic growth and organization development.

 Initial areas of contextual inquiry can be categorized into four categories:

Initial areas of contextual inquiry can be categorized into four categories:

 This research study was structured to develop an in-depth understanding of the local American Legion Post 135 in order to ultimately provide insights and opportunities for holistic growth and organization development. In order to obtain authenticated data from a sufficiently broad selection of sources, research findings were derived from inquiry methods including ethnographic interviews, active and passive field observations, and semi-structured surveys, and cultural probe.

This research study was structured to develop an in-depth understanding of the local American Legion Post 135 in order to ultimately provide insights and opportunities for holistic growth and organization development. In order to obtain authenticated data from a sufficiently broad selection of sources, research findings were derived from inquiry methods including ethnographic interviews, active and passive field observations, and semi-structured surveys, and cultural probe.

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  Preliminary Findings:  The American Legion national organization structure of independent posts allows each community post to develop programs and events to benefit the specific local membership community. The local American Legion Post 135 in Savannah is unique in having public and private member-specific spaces and events. This non-traditional post arrangement allows the post to be a true community environment to provide interaction, outreach, and support not limited to just American Legion members.

Preliminary Findings:
The American Legion national organization structure of independent posts allows each community post to develop programs and events to benefit the specific local membership community. The local American Legion Post 135 in Savannah is unique in having public and private member-specific spaces and events. This non-traditional post arrangement allows the post to be a true community environment to provide interaction, outreach, and support not limited to just American Legion members.

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