Daily Grinds: The Breakdown of Community in College Coffee Shops
This paper seeks to shed light on the decline of community within college coffee shops, specifically at Franklin & Marshall College. This research takes the form of a comparative ethnography between Zest Bistro (ZeBi), Franklin & Marshall College’s on-campus coffeehouse and Chestnut Hill Café, an off-campus coffee shop located near the College. While students cite a strong sense of belonging within the coffeehouses and praise their third place nature, the reality of coffeehouse interactions reveal a schism between students’ beliefs and practices. Using the framework of Ray Oldenburg, the activities in the coffee shops indicate coffeehouses have become more like second spaces than third spaces, and ultimately this shift indicates an overall decrease in community bonds and civic engagement.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2013
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