Title

Interview and observational research on Stockton uptown businesses, public agencies, and educational organizations.

Poster Number

15

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Results of four field studies associated with Jacoby Center research on the Midtown neighborhood of central Stockton are presented. The studies are intended to help students understand the functioning of Midtown institutions. Interviews were conducted with Midtown businesss representatives to determine their commitments to neighborhood revitalization, and observational research was undertaken to understand how agencies exercise social control over clients and involve themselves in community decision making. Results showed that willingness of business representatives to involve themselves in neighborhood revitalization efforts depended on the degree to which rational calculation of advantage accounted for responsiveness to community involvement opportunities, that efforts to control at-risk youth in an educational organization depended upon effective relationship building that facilitated Coup based peer decision making and sanctioning, and that similarly, public agencies involved in controversial projects invest substantial efforts in relationship building with constituents and other public agencies prior to direct efforts at decision-making on controversial projects.

Location

Pacific Geosciences Center

Start Date

26-4-2003 9:00 AM

End Date

26-4-2003 5:00 PM

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Interview and observational research on Stockton uptown businesses, public agencies, and educational organizations.

Pacific Geosciences Center

Results of four field studies associated with Jacoby Center research on the Midtown neighborhood of central Stockton are presented. The studies are intended to help students understand the functioning of Midtown institutions. Interviews were conducted with Midtown businesss representatives to determine their commitments to neighborhood revitalization, and observational research was undertaken to understand how agencies exercise social control over clients and involve themselves in community decision making. Results showed that willingness of business representatives to involve themselves in neighborhood revitalization efforts depended on the degree to which rational calculation of advantage accounted for responsiveness to community involvement opportunities, that efforts to control at-risk youth in an educational organization depended upon effective relationship building that facilitated Coup based peer decision making and sanctioning, and that similarly, public agencies involved in controversial projects invest substantial efforts in relationship building with constituents and other public agencies prior to direct efforts at decision-making on controversial projects.