Asbury Park: Race, Gender, and Gentrification on the Jersey Shore

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2010

Project Description/Abstract

This project continues an ethnographic study of Asbury Park, NJ, a predominantly African American city whose members confront new immigrants, including wealthier and mostly white GLBTs. In the Summer, 2010, I will research the topic of gentrification and continue to gather demographic and other social data, including interviews with some key subjects. I will read background scholarship which analyzes gentrification processes nationally and globally; to apply these conceptual frameworks to Asbury Park. I aim to investigate how gentrification affects long-time communities of color, and whether those communities can withstand the influx of more highly educated and wealthier newcomers. Also, in this study, issues of GLBT/African American interactions will be critically analyzed to interrogate issues of racism, homophobia, and gentrification. This approach to gentrification has been overlooked in the literature (see Kirkland 2008) and should contribute substantial insights into culture change in racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities with significant African American populations.

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