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Feminist Theory in Participatory Mapping
Methods of Resident Resources and
Mobility in a Housing Project
Natasha Boyde
Cal...
~800 households
-Market rate + low income + apartments
-75% of population under 18 years old
-Median Household income
<14,...
1) Do Salishan residents feel they have access to
the resources they need to move up and out of
poverty?
a) Is development...
1) Despite theorized benefits of Mixed-Income
housing,
the experience of residents say otherwise.
2) Qualitative methods c...
-Negative effects of typical income-based
housing design;
“stuck in place”
-Shift toward Income Integration design
Little...
1 hour Mental Map Interview
Recruit homeowners and renters
Audio-record interviews
Transcribe and code interviews
METHOD: ...
Less visual, more analytic
-places of importance
-socialization
-sense of neighborhood and belonging
-aspects of livelihoo...
Little social interaction between housing and
homeowners
Vast differences among just 6 participants
-nomenclature
-knowled...
Axhausen, K.W. “Social Networks, Mobility Biographies, and Travel: Survey Challenges.”
Environment and Planning B, Plannin...
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Presented at the Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) conference on March 17, 2015 at San Diego State University.

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  1. 1. Feminist Theory in Participatory Mapping Methods of Resident Resources and Mobility in a Housing Project Natasha Boyde California State University, Long Beach - Geography March 17, 2015
  2. 2. ~800 households -Market rate + low income + apartments -75% of population under 18 years old -Median Household income <14,000 annually -WorkSource office, health clinic, Housing Authority office STUDY SITE: SALISHAN
  3. 3. 1) Do Salishan residents feel they have access to the resources they need to move up and out of poverty? a) Is development of social network(s) an important resource to enhancing mobility? 2) Can ethnographic and mental map methods reveal one’s personal geography and map of resources? RESEARCH QUESTIONS
  4. 4. 1) Despite theorized benefits of Mixed-Income housing, the experience of residents say otherwise. 2) Qualitative methods capture that experience, and help to evaluate housing policy design. Goal: to demonstrate that participatory mapping methods can get at new kinds of data on identity, socio-spatial, and socio-political contexts within a city. ARGUMENT AND PURPOSE
  5. 5. -Negative effects of typical income-based housing design; “stuck in place” -Shift toward Income Integration design Little evaluation of results -Measuring housing satisfaction: -access to essentials -sense of community -acceptance of neighbors; ”people here are like me” THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK Cabrini Green, Chicago, Il
  6. 6. 1 hour Mental Map Interview Recruit homeowners and renters Audio-record interviews Transcribe and code interviews METHOD: THE MENTAL MAP INTERVIEW Den Besten (2010)
  7. 7. Less visual, more analytic -places of importance -socialization -sense of neighborhood and belonging -aspects of livelihood -experience within housing system -impressions and interpretation of the housing authority Empowered or downtrodden ~ bootstrap” mentality ANALYZING RESULTS
  8. 8. Little social interaction between housing and homeowners Vast differences among just 6 participants -nomenclature -knowledge of resources -family/financial history Ideas about self-motivation Mapping + interview = substantial data that inform policy Project is not working, but explanations are not simple PRELIMINARY FINDINGS
  9. 9. Axhausen, K.W. “Social Networks, Mobility Biographies, and Travel: Survey Challenges.” Environment and Planning B, Planning and Design, Vol. 35 (2008): 981-996. Briggs, Daniel. “Emotions, Ethnography and Crack Cocaine Users.” Emotions, Space and Society, (2011) Brophy, Paul C. and Rhonda N. Smith. “Mixed-Income Housing: Factors for Success.” Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, Vol. 3 No. 2 (1997): 3-31. Den Besten, Olga. “Local Belonging and 'Geographies of Emotion’: Immigrant Children's Experience ofTheir Neighborhoods in Pars and Berlin.”. Childhood, 17: 181 (2010). Gieseking, Jack Jen. “Where We Go From Here: The Mental Sketch Mapping Method and Its Analytic Components.” Qualitative Inquiry, 19(9) (2013): 712-724. Gillespie, Carol Ann. “How Culture Constructs Our Sense of Neighborhood: Mental Maps and Children’s Perceptions of Place.” Journal of Geography, 109 (2010): 18-29. Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1960. Schwartz, Alex F. Housing Policy in the United States. New York: Routledge, 2010. Further References Available on Request KEY REFERENCES

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