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Geographies of Opportunity for Whom? Neighborhood Improvement Programs as Regulators of Neighborhood Activism
Journal of Planning Education and Research (2007)
  • Stacy A Harwood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract

Local governments claim that neighborhood improvement programs develop grassroots leadership capacity, raise the importance of neighborhood issues on the citywide political agenda, and empower residents to solve neighborhood-level problems. This article argues that neighborhood improvement programs also jeopardize the geography of opportunity, particularly women's neighborhood activism. Drawing from interviews with neighborhood activists and local government officials from one municipality in Southern California, this study illuminates the ways in which local government efforts regulate and contain neighborhood activism.

Keywords
  • neighborhood improvement programs,
  • gender,
  • immigrants,
  • Santa Ana,
  • neighborhood activism,
  • neighborhood organizations
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Stacy A Harwood. "Geographies of Opportunity for Whom? Neighborhood Improvement Programs as Regulators of Neighborhood Activism" Journal of Planning Education and Research Vol. 26 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stacy_harwood/3/