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Integrating Demographic and Cultural Approaches in the Examination of Neighborhood Change

a PSC Small Fund Research Project

Investigator:   Nelson Saldaña

Demographic methods play a fundamental role in the quantification of neighborhood change, with race and socioeconomic status of residents used as the primary indicators. While scholars have demonstrated their salience in tipping models, less is known how microbehavioral factors contribute to change, particularly the influence of neighborhood organizations and institutions such as businesses. Using systematic social observation and photography in tandem with quantitative analyses of demographic change, my project will investigate the extent demographic measures of change map on to observations on the ground. The study sites of the study are the three largest cities in the United States (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago) and Detroit, providing a comparative perspective that is often absent in neighborhood change research.

Funding Period: 05/17/2013 to 05/16/2014

Country of Focus: USA

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