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Neighborhood Identity Examined through a Lens of Poverty: An Exploration of One Community
by Merriweather, Shannon, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2018, 242; 13424922
Abstract (Summary)

Community dynamics are best understood in context through community voice and perspective. The purpose of this dissertation was to explore the relationship between poverty and neighborhood identity for a community contending with issues of poverty and immigration. I employed a case study design grounded in the opinions of community members, supplemented by additional data to understand the effect of neighborhood identity on community decision making, prioritization, and educational attainment. Data sources included interviews, field notes, and document reviews and the data analysis revealed a community besieged by issues related to poverty and immigration, and the overwhelming command that these conditions have upon the community-at-large. Issues of survival, fragility of legal presence, complacence, and relationship dynamics all emerged as consequential to the lives of members of the community. Furthermore, the characteristics present within this community are aggravated by the underlying structural and institutional roadblocks that maintain systems of poverty and marginalization. The interviews and document analysis revealed the systemic inhibitors for a community fighting to sustain its survival and unable to generate upward mobility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shaklee, Beverly
Commitee: Baily, Supriya, Hopson, Rodney
School: George Mason University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Sociology
Keywords: Community, Education, Immigration, Neighborhood effects, Neighborhood identity, Poverty
Publication Number: 13424922
ISBN: 978-0-438-88915-6
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