Hollywood and the news media have repeatedly depicted the inner-city retail store as a scene of racial conflict and acrimony. Civility in the City uncovers a quite different story. Jennifer Lee examines the relationships between African American, 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. How then do minor clashes between merchants and customers occasionally erupt into the large-scale conflicts we see on television? Lee shows how inner-city poverty and extreme inequality, coupled with the visible presence of socially mobile newcomers, can provide fertile ground for such conflicts.
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(235mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee is Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine.