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Stuart Hall, Representation: Cultural Representations and
Signifying Practices (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications,
1998). “Cultural representations include
images, symbols, and language
used not only to describe but also
to explain the social, economic and
political position of a group of people
or place.” With respect to group attitudes, for
instance, the 1990 General Social
Survey found that 60 percent of whites
Christopher Mele, Selling the Lower East Side: Culture, Real Estate
surveyed believed that blacks preferred
and Resistance in New York City (Minneapolis: University of
to live on welfare, and 46 percent
Minnesota Press, 2000).
believed that the same was true for
Hispanics. In contrast, only 4 percent of the same white survey respondents believed
that other whites preferred to live on welfare. The survey also reported that whites were
more than twice as likely as blacks to believe that blacks “lacked commitment to strong
families.” Similar stereotypes were reported by whites throughout the survey as evidenced...
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