The historical timeline (see Appendix 1 for a more in-depth historical perspective), plus the current demographic and geographic data, are pieces of the story of Mitchell Heights that provide the appropriate context for this project. What we find is that this information is not supplemental, but instead is crucial to understanding the experiences of the people living in Mitchell Heights today. To grasp the full claims of all the stakeholders, one must have a comprehension of the milieu within the details of each perspective.
The analysis of those stakeholders is greatly influenced by my theoretical positions. No one theory can account for every interpretation of the collected result, and the studied perspectives are evaluated through specific theoretical lenses. The following is a brief overview of some of the theory that provides the framework for this research project. Not intended to be a review of the classical definitions and applications, this section instead shows how each theory is understood in relation to this specific research project. As a whole, they form the theoretical underpinning of this research.
Anthropology of Policy
As a more recent subfield branching out from political anthropology, the anthropology of policy is closely related to developmental anthropology. This theoretical framework has a focus on the institutions that drive policy creation and the discourse between these institutional experts and the local culture (Shore and Wright 2003). In particular, it is concerned with the ways that policy – in its formation, enactment, implementation, and local reception – reinforce structural biases and colonialism (Shore and Wright 2003). This type of analysis will be found throughout the project as this research takes a critical look at all the stakeholderŐs perspectives and the resulting policy issues.