GENTRIFICATION IN HARLEM, NEW YORK: EXAMINING THE PERSPECTIVES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS
Abstract (Summary)The purpose of this research was to examine how African American adolescents define and discuss the effects of gentrification occurring within Harlem, New York City. Smith (1996) defines gentrification as the “upgrading of housing and retail businesses in a neighborhood with an influx generally of private investment” (p. 30). This qualitative study sought to give voice to a highly misrepresented and misunderstood important group within America, African American adolescents about yet another deterrent found within their community. The study attempted to capture the adolescents’ ideas and feelings about their neighborhoods as a separate group distinct from adults. In the past, assessing neighborhood effects on children has been difficult primarily because the perceptions were gathered from adults rather than from the adolescent (Burton & Jarrett, 2000). The results, as analyzed from a focus group discussion are discussed to further understand the perceptions of African American adolescents from Harlem, New York about gentrification. Study limitations and directions for future research are also presented.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2005