Date of Degree

1993

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Anthropology

Advisor

Gerald Sider

Committee Members

Delmos Jones

Edward Hansen

Susan Greenbaum (outside reader)

Subject Categories

Anthropology

Abstract

This dissertation aims to provide an analysis of the process of social reproduction revealed through the conflict between Korean shopkeepers and poor Black inner city residents in New York City. The major concepts, discussed in the introduction, include culture, power, domination, resistance, and conceptual orders.

The pervasive racism and capitalism in America provides the context where the two minority groups have been constituted and where opposing meanings are contested as the conflict between Korean shopkeepers and poor Blacks develops. State agents, Whites, and news media also join in the process of the conflict. They contest with various combinations of coercion, persuasion, protest, and argumentations for the maintenance or change of the existing social relationships.

With further theoretical discussion on the conflict, the multidimensionality of social orders, the relationship between conceptual orders and social reproduction, and the interconnection among meanings, power, and economic relationships are discussed in the conclusion.

Comments

Digital reproduction from the UMI microform.

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