Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Geography and Geosciences
Geography (Applied), MS
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Geographic imagination; human geography; black geographies; segregation; redlining; gentrification
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.
Dock, Amber, "Geographic imaginaries of urban spatial segregation: a case study of the west end neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky." (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3467.