Title

Conversation of Values: A Community Perspective of Sustainable Development Criteria Concerning Revitalization Efforts in Jackson, Mississippi

Author

Barry White

Advisor

Hoffman, David

Committee Member

Peacock, Evan

Committee Member

Copeland, Toni

Date of Degree

1-1-2013

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures

Abstract

Jackson, Mississippi is currently undergoing a revitalization movement in an attempt to revive its blighted downtown core. While physical development is crucial to revival of the downtown landscape, the cultural landscape must also be considered. I hypothesized that developers, business owners, and residents working or living in and around downtown Jackson would report differing desires, positions, and values concerning four elements of sustainable development: cultural, economic, political, and environmental. Ultimately, the hypothesis was refuted according to the quantitative data analysis. However, there were different understandings within the qualitative data where the substance of this research project can be found. These data serve as a “Dialogue of Values” (Blewitt 2008) and an indicator of concerns on which Jacksonians can focus as revitalization continues. This foundation of concerns also establishes a benchmark to measure future inquiries into the inclusion of sustainable development in Jackson’s revitalization.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17813

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