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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Chávez Ravine and Boyle Heights: 20th and 21st Century Displacement of Mexican Communities
by Ortega, Selena, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2017, 93; 10245743
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines and analyzes displacement, under the guise of redevelopment, in urban Mexican communities in Los Angeles-- Chávez Ravine (1944-1959) and Boyle Heights (2000-2015). This investigation also chronicles and interprets the urban renewal process as a systematic attack on the Mexican working- class and disenfranchisement of their communities. This analysis presents qualitative evidence to show the individual impacts associated with involuntary displacement. Furthermore these cases of displacement blocked the economic mobility of displaced residents of Chávez Ravine and Boyle Heights and the impact extends beyond those directly displaced. Beyond gentrification, a review of these cases, within approximately seven decades of displacement patterns, reveal the broader politics of contesting Mexican social and economic status in Los Angeles. Redevelopment maintains an economic and social order that intergenerationally disadvantages Mexican populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernandez, Ester
Commitee: Ackerman, Raquel, Roy, Bidhan C., Talavera-Bustillos, Valerie
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Chicano Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: History, Sociology, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Boyle heights, Displacement, Gentrification, Mexican communities, Ravine, Chavez, Urban redevelopment
Publication Number: 10245743
ISBN: 978-1-369-84748-2
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