Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Jody L.S. Jahn

Second Advisor

Lawrence R. Frey

Third Advisor

Matthew A. Koschmann


This MA thesis extends theorizing on sensemaking frames and framing, by incorporating ideas drawn from scholarly literature about space and place, to explore the notion of “spatial framing repertoires,” and, particularly, how people’s experiences of physical landscapes are symbolic and enacted. Specifically, this empirical study investigated an ongoing dispute over land management activities in the wildland–urban interface, where residential and public land meet, exploring how residents’ and land managers’ experiences of space and place informed their sensemaking frames about land management decisions. The study reveals the significance of spatiality for understanding people’s sensemaking processes, in general, and, sensemaking framing repertoires, specifically.