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Gentrification, Urban Development, and Belonging in the Mission

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dc.contributor.advisor Munoz, Braulio Vien, Winnie 2016-06-09T14:53:17Z 2016-06-09T14:53:17Z 2016
dc.description.abstract In much of the existing literature on gentrification, much of the focus is placed on the causes and effects of gentrification, whether they are seen as positive or negative. This thesis argues that it is equally important to consider residents’ experiences with gentrification as it affects their everyday lives in different ways depending on their personal networks and connections within the neighborhood. Building upon the work that has been done by the Anti- Eviction Mapping Project in San Francisco and drawing inspiration from the San Francisco Chronicle’s documentary A Changing Mission, my research engages with a more diverse group of residents with vary levels of connection to the Mission, assessing the ways they make sense of what gentrification means. Adopting Nancy Raquel Mirabal’s “oral history” approach, my thesis highlights the ways in which residents come to understand what the neighborhood of the Mission is about, the ways that they experience the changes in the area, and how they negotiate their own positions in the community, whatever they interpret that to be. Connecting this to existing theories of local belonging, I argue that residents’ experiences with gentrification are much more complicated than just their positionality within the gentrification debates. Change in the Mission can occur on multiple different levels and there are various dimensions to local belonging that residents struggle with to maintain a sense of place in the neighborhood. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology en_US
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dc.title Gentrification, Urban Development, and Belonging in the Mission en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)

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