RESEARCH COMMONS
LIBRARY

"Invasion" Of The Poor: Beliefs And Attitudes Of The Receiving Community

ResearchCommons/Manakin Repository

"Invasion" Of The Poor: Beliefs And Attitudes Of The Receiving Community

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Duke, Joanna en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-23T01:56:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-23T01:56:03Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08-23T01:56:03Z
dc.date.submitted August 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1410 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/100
dc.description.abstract Housing policy as one of the tools for eradicating poverty remains a critical arena for debate, especially in light of the dire situation of impoverished inner cities and growing inequalities between communities in the U.S. Policies aimed towards ameliorating the negative effects of these inequalities on impecunious residents include deconcentrating poverty through the dispersion of public housing residents into more affluent neighborhoods. The logic behind this approach is the assumption that removing barriers and obstacles from low income families by integrating them into middle class neighborhoods will increase the life chances of the low income families. These policies are often met with resistance by the receiving community, perhaps impeded by the ideological debate of how involved the government should be in correcting inequalities when it infringes on the rights of other individuals. This dissertation explores the ideological aspects of residential mobility policies from a multi-dimensional, theoretical framework of liberty and Lefebvre's "right to the city." Liberty is an assumed basic right of all Americans. Yet liberty is not perceived in the same way by everyone, and an application of the concepts of positive and negative liberty are explored as a basis for what the receiving community believes is an ideal form of liberty. A theoretical framework based on Lefebvre's concept "right to the city" analyzes the receiving community's perceptions of diversity in their community, the rights of the entering community compared to their own and their prioritizing of exchange and use values of the city (Lefebvre, Logan and Molotch 1987). This approach can provide new insights into the relocation of the poor, the current dominant policy strategy in the U.S. for ameliorating the harmful effects of concentrated poverty. To date, there has been no focus on the ideological basis for the receiving community's opposition and the effects that might have on policy outcomes. Data from a survey conducted in Southwest City and Dallas communities where mixed income developments have been located is analyzed to discover the effects these mixed income developments have on the receiving community's attitudes toward race, poverty, gender issues, mental illness, sense of community and ideal policy solutions. Results indicate that both ideology and attitudes provide insight on the homeowners' opposition to mobility programs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Barrett, Edith en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.title "Invasion" Of The Poor: Beliefs And Attitudes Of The Receiving Community en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Barrett, Edith en_US
dc.degree.department Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.degree.discipline Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1121
dc.identifier.externalLinkDescription Link to Research Profiles

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
umi-uta-1410.pdf 521.0Kb PDF View/Open
521.0Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Browse

My Account

Statistics

About Us