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Unformatted text preview: ork in recoding.” 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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