The crosscurrents of ethnicity and class in the construction of public policy

Edward Lipuma, Sarah Keene Meltzoff

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Abstract

In this study we analyze the creation of a land-use plan in south Florida to demonstrate the crosscurrents of ethnicity and class that underlie the plan's design and implementation, and that are unrecognized as such by the participants. We argue that the main determinants of "rational management" are the hidden relations of economic and symbolic power embodied in the intersection of class and ethnicity, and how these forms of power enable agents in the public political sphere. In this case, science has a legitimizing rather than analytical function, implicating it in the construction of misrecognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-131
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume24
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Class
  • Ethnicity
  • Misrecognition
  • Public sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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