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Visiting Anthropologist Program: Sabiyha Prince
Researching Gentrification, Urban Change, and Community Activism In Washington, D.C.: Public Anthropology, Social Justice and the Legacy of Inequalty in the Nation's Capital
Dr. Sabiyha Prince, Smithsonian Institution
Gentrification adds new dynamic to these experiences along with outcomes that are not totally surprising. This presentation is informed by oral history and ethnographic data on African Americans in Washington, D.C. Along with a focus on individuals born between the 1920s and the 1960s, as well as on the efforts of residents working to thwart gentrification, this research also pulls from institutional, statistical, and scholarly reports on wealth inequality and shortages in affordable housing, among other important factors. As this talk contextualizes the contemporary lives of Blacks in D.C. during a period of marked demographic change and urban restructuring it also tackles such key gentrification-related questions as what are the social justice issues associated with these processes, how do race and class figure into scenarios and who is working to alleviate the problems flowing from these shifts? The search for answers leads to an exploration of D.C. history and discussions of displacement, micro aggressions, bigotry, and community activism. The relevance of these areas of inquiry touches upon the interdisciplinary analyses of African American life and culture, public anthropology, neoliberalism, critical race theory and critical urban and whiteness studies.
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the African and African Diaspora Cross-Disciplinary Studies Program