2017 Urban Research Awards: Diversity & Privilege

Celebration of Diversity Amidst Privilege: A Study of the Suburbs

Ph.D. candidate Whitney Gecker
Ph.D. candidate Whitney Gecker

Sociology & Social Work Ph.D. candidate Whitney Gecker will conduct an ethnographic study of young people, beginning with members of the Newton youth council. Gecker seeks to understand how young people in an affluent suburb experience and respond to racial and economic insularity, and make sense of diversity and privilege.

She will use Newton MA as a case study to explore the relationship between socio-economic segregation and the promotion of diversity in the context of youth development.