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Civility in the city : Blacks, Jews, and Koreans in urban America

Author: Jennifer Lee
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2006, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Hollywood and the news media have repeatedly depicted the inner-city retail store as a scene of racial conflict and acrimony. This book uncovers quite a different story. The author examines the relationships between black, Jewish, and Korean merchants and their black customers in New York and Philadelphia, and shows that, in fact, social order, routine, and civility are the norm. She also shows how inner-city  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Lee
ISBN: 9780674018440 0674018443
OCLC Number: 62532958
Notes: Originally published: 2002.
Description: xii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The ghetto merchant yesterday and today --
The significance of small business and the nature of the niche --
Life on the street: the everyday encounters between Blacks, Jews, and Koreans --
How race polarizes interactions: cultural brokers and the meaning of Black --
The coethnic disadvantage of serving your own --
From civility to conflict: individualism, opportunity, and group position --
Shopping while Black: symbolic racism or the same old racism? --
Conclusion: forging a culture of reciprocity and respect.
Responsibility: Jennifer Lee.

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Hollywood and the news media have repeatedly depicted the inner-city retail store as a scene of racial conflict and acrimony. This book uncovers quite a different story. The author examines the relationships between black, Jewish, and Korean merchants and their black customers in New York and Philadelphia, and shows that, in fact, social order, routine, and civility are the norm. She also shows how inner-city poverty and extreme inequality, coupled with the visible presence of socially mobile newcomers, can provide fertile ground for such conflicts.-Dust jacket.

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