A CALL FOR CHANGE IN PUBLIC POLICY IN FAVOR OF SINGLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHERS LIVING IN ENGLEWOOD
Dessiree Malone, Ruby Mendenhall.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.
In a May 23, 2014, Huffington Post article, Joseph Erbentraut challenges people not to believe everything they hear about Englewood, which is often referred to as Chicago's most dangerous neighborhood. Englewood has been stricken with high levels of violence, unemployment, and limited resources; however, it has the potential to rebuild. This study will examine 20 narratives from a larger sample of 93 narratives from low-income African-American mothers who live in and around Englewood. Aspects of grounded theory (open, axial, and selective coding) will be used to identify their perceptions of social structures (housing and education) and their suggestions for social change in Englewood, including public policy.