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Advisory Committee Chair

Mark Lagory

Advisory Committee Members

Michael Brooks

Susan Davies

Ferris Ritchey

Michelle Wilson

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) College of Arts and Sciences


The decision to move among African Americans in a poor community encom-passes individual, household, and neighborhood characteristics. Previous research fo-cuses on the frequently studied middle class. Meanwhile substantive analyses on African Americans from poor communities remain largely understudied. The current study uses data from a low income African American community to study residential mobility deci-sions. A systematic, random sample of respondents completed a survey concerning their residential situation. Data were triangulated to add reliability and richness to the find-ings. The results show that the decision to move is not a function of residential satisfac-tion, but is influenced by neighborhood and sociodemographic factors. It is suggested that future research focuses on policy intended to increase homeownership and informal so-cial control. Future research should also concentrate on the health consequences associ-ated with movement behavior.



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