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Toward Equitable Development

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This theory building dissertation aims to develop and empirically test one element of an alternative framework for revitalizing African American inner city neighborhoods. Structured in two parts, the dissertation relies on case study and grounded theory methodologies. As appropriate to the iterative process of theory building, I analyze varied sources including theoretical literature, archival and historical texts, government records and interviews. Part I of the dissertation examines four domains of literature ...
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This theory building dissertation aims to develop and empirically test one element of an alternative framework for revitalizing African American inner city neighborhoods. Structured in two parts, the dissertation relies on case study and grounded theory methodologies. As appropriate to the iterative process of theory building, I analyze varied sources including theoretical literature, archival and historical texts, government records and interviews. Part I of the dissertation examines four domains of literature including equitable development, Comprehensive Community Initiatives, Afrocentric theory and conflict transformation theory. Although diverse, the literature is complementary in identifying ideal goals, contextually appropriate strategies, potentially destructive tensions and tension mitigation techniques. This investigation of the literature led me to propose an alternative revitalization framework which suggests, among other things, that mitigation of intra- and interpersonal tensions is a necessary precondition to successful community change. Having derived a conceptual framework, Part II of the dissertation focuses on my use of an African American neighborhood, case study, to investigate one element---the tensions---exploring their presence in a historical and a current case study. The historical study consists of an informal thematic analysis of archival records related to the neighborhood's experience with Model Cities in the late 1960s. Findings confirm the historical roots of tensions in alignment with the theorized constructs and trace their source to differing stakeholder perspectives. The second and more substantial study entails thematic analysis of public comments and interviews with neighborhood stakeholders regarding the planned development of a cultural facility. Although originally designed as an investigation of a planning process for the facility, I use a subset (n=15) of the data to see whether and how the case study manifests the tensions identified in the conceptual framework. Using grounded theory methods, I selectively coded data to the four tension constructs contained in my tentative framework, with additional categories for sources and possible mitigations. Study results affirm the presence of tensions identified in the literature, offer a more complex, nuanced understanding of those tensions than the literature offers and further suggest ways of ameliorating them, including grounding development in a neighborhood's social and spatial history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243589408
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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