Situating ethnographic methods within a framework of engaged research we offer a window into the adoption, implementation, and sociopolitical dilemmas of 15 African American males participating in an Initiative designed to maintain diversity at one of Chicago's most successful and elite public high schools.
The GCI Working Paper Series allows our scholars and fellows, among others, to contribute to the growing body of engaged urban research that is promoted by the Great Cities Institute. These working papers represent research in progress, and inclusion here does not preclude final preparation for publication. Please contact the author before referencing a working paper.
This research describes the Great Recession's impact on the City of Chicago budget and financial decisions about revenues, spending, and borrowing.
In this chapter of his book length-manuscript, Cintron analyzes classic documents from the history of human rights and classic commentaries on rights.
This paper examines the issues embedded in both the comprehensive aspirations and neighborhood focus in approaches towards fighting poverty, campaigning for better conditions and providing education and social services to residents; this is done through exploration of a brief history of major initiatives, and the lessons and needs for the future suggested by that history.
This paper argues that new state strategies towards financial volatility have created dramatic new forms for the racialization of credit risk.
Although urban tourism has been one of the important forces shaping cities during the past few decades, most studies on the transition from the industrial to the post-industrial city focus on the shift to financial and professional services.
The electricity generation industry produces a substantial proportion of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change in the United States and globally. Yet, little research has been done to examine what the economic and environmental tradeoffs currently are for electric power plants.
Chicago has long been a focus of national attention on urban education policy, and its latest plan to remake public education is no exception.
The purpose of this paper is to present a participatory evaluation using an empowerment framework to demonstrate how a local, urban cultural center for youth fosters (1) Latino Unity and positive youth development among participants; (2) youth led action and organizational empowerment, (3) positive community connectedness and community-building and (4) broader societal connectedness and social justice.
However important the university may be to the city, the conditions and practices that make up the university - city relationship are not necessarily smooth or well understood. The purpose of this report is to contribute to this understanding.