Date of Degree
Susan Greenbaum (outside reader)
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.
Yi, Jeongduk, "Social Order and Contest in Meanings and Power: Black Boycotts Against Korean Shopkeepers in Poor New York City Neighborhoods" (1993). CUNY Academic Works.