This thesis examines the intersection of gentrification and access to healthcare in New York City's West Village, since the closure of St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center. To contextualize my data I utilized Hans Baer and Merrill Singer's theory of Critical Medical Anthropology, as well as Peter Marcuse's Gentrification, Displacement, and Abandonment theory. I used four formal and informal interviews as well as 12 physical and 4 online surveys to collect my data. I analyzed this data by comparing it to existing results produced by empirical studies. These studies were conducted by institutions such as The Furman Center, NYC, NYC Gov. I argue that gentrification is a detriment to this community's access to adequate healthcare and its agency. Gentrification drives out the original community members through reduced access to basic needs (i.e., healthcare), thus irreparably changing and damaging the existing community.


Craven, Christa


Sociology and Anthropology


Community-Based Research | Health Policy | Health Services Research | Other Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology


St. Vincent's, Hospital, healthcare, access, New York City, West, Village, Gentrification, Displacement, Structural Violence, CMA, Critical Medical Anthropology

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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