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ItemAfro Amelioration Introspection(2021-12-10) Hopkins, Khamar; Catera, Damian; Skillman, Amy; Forloney, Robert; MA in Cultural SustainabilityAfro Amelioration Introspection is a projected video artwork, abstract sound piece, and solo art exhibition with a digitally interactive component focused on the topic of Black mental health. Using ethnographic methods, I conducted a series of six interviews where I questioned participants on their personal feelings and narratives covering but not limited to the issues of COVID, family, police brutality, racism, intergenerational trauma, and the stigma on the subject of mental health in the Black community. I video documented the conversations and transmogrified them into nonrepresentational art using the programming language, Processing. Next, I produced a conceptual soundtrack using the audio from the interviews. Finally, I organized a synergistic art show in Baltimore to showcase the project and create a safe space for conversation on the topic. The purpose of Afro Amelioration Introspection is to reflect the type of work I want to do in the future, let the African American community know they’re not alone even if they’re struggling with addressing the concept of mental health, sustaining culture by approaching an issue that harms a community, and make the topic less taboo so people can have a better quality of life. ItemEthnic Minority Heritage Values and U.S. Historic Preservation Significance Policy(2016) Holland-Moore, Lawana; Patterson Tiller, de Teel; MA in Historic PreservationThe reasons for the preservation of historic properties related to ethnic minority groups have been much discussed in the historic preservation field. However, there are factors that are still of concern as many of these properties are often overlooked. This merits a discussion of what constitutes importance to an underrepresented group that falls outside of traditional historic preservation policy and processes in terms of assessing and evaluating their significance. United States historic preservation public policies and processes concerning historic significance should reflect the changing attitudes and shifts in thinking about heritage and history, as well as the dynamic nature of communities themselves. The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. As historic preservation goes forward into the next fifty years, the United States will become a different nation in composition, but is still one nation by acknowledging that all citizens have a contribution to make to its collective historic narrative. Ethnic minority groups are now demanding a more flexible, inclusive form of historic preservation; one that is not as primarily focused on architecture or integrity, but focused on what is valued and culturally significant to the communities in which those historic properties are located. The National Register of Historic Places itself is flexible and accommodating in what properties may be listed, but more creative approaches, interpretations, and uses of the criteria, guidance, and processes—including the incorporation of more ethnographic techniques—have become necessary. As the United States prepares for a majority-minority shift in 2050, who decides what is significant or relevant—historic preservation practitioners or ethnic minority communities themselves? By actively implementing steps to become more truly inclusive, we can help to assure that the significance of historic properties and valued places of meaning to all of its citizens will be effectively considered. ItemExtreme Poverty in Kansas City; Dynamics of Power in Attempting to Create Visual Ethnography(2017-06) Clark, Ian; Barry, Dornfeld; MA in Cultural SustainabilityThis project focuses on a small sampling of the eleven percent of the total population in Kansas City experiencing poverty (United States Census Bureau 2014). The focus of this project is to record and represent the lived experiences of the people living in extreme poverty as well how this group may see themselves in relation to the rest of the population of Kansas City; and what stigmas based on their socioeconomic status affect them and how they see their imaged communities (Anderson, 1991). ItemJohn Marshall's Kalahari family(American Anthropological Association, 2004) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal JusticeThroughout his career and through his films, John Marshall has embodied many representational debates in anthropology and ethnographic media production. With "A Kalahari Family," Marshall has provided his most reflexive film to date as well as a comprehensive visual record of 50 years of transition among the Ju/'hoansi, from lingering, hunter-gatherer subsistence to problematic and often tragic contemporary living conditions. "A Kalahari Family" bears witness to the negative effects a racist ideology and varied development agendas have had on an indigenous group of people, and the transformative effects they continue to have. In the film, the audience also witnesses the evolution of John Marshall himself, from naïve, inexperienced teenager engaging an exotic other, with all the inherent cultural baggage of a Western perspective, to his eventual emergence as a filmmaker and a dedicated advocate for the people with whom he has become so involved. ItemLIFERS: A Cultural Glimpse of Today's Marine Corps Through The Stories of Three Career Officers(2016-05-27) Fitzell, Brian; MA in Cultural Sustainability“I am just fortunate to have been able to serve for this long in a profession that I love,” emailed one of the Lifers profiled in this manuscript reflecting upon his 25 years in the Marine Corps. Lifers is the term for Marines who dedicate their working lives to its service and this project highlights the stories of three. Storytelling is powerful. It emotionally connects the reader to subject matter in ways the cold statistics of quantitative analysis cannot. When used as a vehicle to explore complex social issues, stories provide information on a human scale and in an impactful way. Lifers is a collection of stories about the experiences and observations of three career Marine officers, all from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1990. Their humanity, intellect and depth of character clearly emerge through the recollection of their personal experiences, which in turn tell an important story about today’s Marine Corps. Using a method dubbed reciprocal storytelling by the author, Lifers is a hybrid of oral history and creative nonfiction written collaboratively with the participants. Their detailed feedback to the earliest drafts were incorporated into the final collection and added immeasurably to the authority and authenticity of the work. ItemRace, space and place in suburban Durban: an ethnographic assessment of gated community environments and residents(Springer, 2006) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal JusticeThis paper explores gated community culture and development in the suburbs of North Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Using perspectives from the anthropology of space and place as a theoretical and methodological framework, ethnographic fieldwork in one community in this area explores the cultural reasoning behind the movement to a fortified suburban enclave in South Africa by problematizing why, in a newly democratic society based on an ethos of desegregation, do individuals feel the need to segregate themselves along class and racial lines in fortified developments in a fashion reminiscent of homeland demarcation during apartheid? And, is the movement to gated communities within post-apartheid South Africa solely a white cultural and class phenomenon? While these questions are necessary, and perhaps commonsensical in terms of the unique social history of South Africa, research also attempts to complicate these lines of inquiry to apprehend the cultural reasoning and lifestyles of gated community residents to move past racial and class stereotypes and delve into the complex culture of these environments and the different rationalizations that individuals work with to justify their surroundings. ItemSuburban Fear, Media and Gated Communities in Durban, South Africa(Taylor & Francis, 2009) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University. Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal JusticeA disjuncture between the reality of crime and its perception has created a culture of fear within South Africa that bolsters gated community development and an accompanying fear industry that supports media, private security companies, and a number of other industries that provide security apparatuses. Is the establishment of gated communities an irrational response to perceptions of crime in South Africa in the twenty-first century? Or, are they deemed necessary in a perceived culture of violence that exists in the country? The article explores these questions through ethnographic research with residents of a gated community and the security company hired to provide security for the estate reflecting on the reality and perceptions of crime in the "New" South Africa.