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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 182
Title: Rethinking 21st Century Urban Transformations: Race and the Ecology of Violence
Lead Author: Mendenhall, Ruby
Abstract: Historical policies and practices such as redlining, urban renewal, and concentrated public housing have made for mutually reinforcing linkages between race, space, inequality, and violence. What is new in the 21st century is that many of these historical linkages are exacerbated by current urban transformations that affect low-income Black families to a similar extent that urban renewal did in the 1950s and 60s: including public housing demolition, gentrification of many inner-city neighborhoods, and the worst housing crises in U.S. history. As these conditions accumulate and grow more severe, so also, it appears, does the rise in urban gun violence. If the 1960s riots were, in the words of Dr, King, the language of the unheard, todays gun violence are the screams of the unheard. This white paper outlines an ecological approach to the study of urban violence that takes into full consideration the role played by historical policies and current urban transformations. Our ecological approach employs 21st century cyber infrastructure to capture the often unheard stories, misunderstood motivations, and underappreciated strains and adaptations in urban areas and to partner with urban residents in the creation of science, i.e., theory, data, and empirical scholarship.
PDF: Mendenhall_Ruby_182.pdf

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