Zawadi Ahidiana

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Department:
Sociology
Term:
AY 17-18

My dissertation is a study of media depictions of gentrification in San Francisco, CA and Baltimore, MD from 1990 to 2014.  The media plays a central role in meaning-making, both reflecting and shaping the public’s perceptions of social processes.  Americans gain insight and exposure to the experiences of others through journalists’ coverage.  Using newspapers, I document how the media portrays the process of gentrification over time and how that varies by the social, political, and economic conditions of San Francisco and Baltimore to better understand common perceptions, assumptions, and attitudes towards neighborhood change.  I demonstrate that the media plays a central role in urban policy and change since how a social process is understood contributes to views about appropriate policy responses and calls for policy action.