Date of Award
Master of Arts
This research analyzes food deserts in Memphis, Tennessee. Recent social science research has uncovered the existence of urban food deserts using quantitative measures. However, there has not been substantial research gathering the personal experience of residents. Through quantitative and qualitative methods I identify neighborhood disparitites in food deserts. Using data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) and the Economic Research Service (ERS), I address structural inequalities of access and availability of food. I also use focus group interviews to understand navigational stratigies employed by food desert residents. FIndings reveal Memphis/ Shelby County is home to food desert neighborhoods and that the educational status of a neighborhood is a primary predictive factor. Qualitative findings show structural barriers they overcome in obtaining food, navigational stratigies, and financial and transportation difficulties faced as a result of having few food options.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Campagna, Brittany Kay, "Walking In Memphis: Racial, Economic, and Residential Disparities of Access to Healthy Food in an Urban Food Desert" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1136.