Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2020

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Geography and Geosciences

Degree Program

Geography (Applied), MS

Committee Chair

Walker, Margath

Committee Member

Ruther, Matthew

Committee Member

Mott, Carrie

Author's Keywords

Geographic imagination; human geography; black geographies; segregation; redlining; gentrification

Abstract

The objective of this thesis is to translate the framework of geographic imaginaries into an urban context in order to capture a narrative of how residents conceptualize and experience segregation. This framework is rooted in an investigation of local discourses as they exist within a specific social, political, and historical context. Institutionalized segregation and structural racism are the foundations on which the American urban context studied here was built upon. This study employs multiple methods, including contextualizing the study area, analyzing discursive content, and visualizing the results. The results of these analyses included empirically connecting concentrations of protected classes to limited access to vital local resources and identifying three discursive themes: territorial stigmatization, specific calls for change, and sense of community. These results were synthesized and visualized in order to develop a narrative of geographic imaginaries from multiple positionalities.

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