Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Michael I. Borer
Second Committee Member
David R. Dickens
Third Committee Member
Shannon M. Monnat
Fourth Committee Member
Murray G. Millar
Number of Pages
This study examines the resources employed by the predominantly African American residents of Historic West Las Vegas, Nevada, to protest a street closure in their community. Previous studies of collective social action in the black community have stressed the involvement and resources of the black church. Instead, the residents of this community relied on cultural, social, and economic resources that did not depend heavily on the church. In this ethnographic case study, I combined participant observation, ethnographic interviews, prolonged engagement, photographs, and document analysis. I argue that the resources a community employs in social action can be analyzed using my community resources model (CRM). The CRM examines three factors: 1). the specific community; 2). the socio-historical context of the community; and 3). how the community identifies itself and how it is identified by the larger society. In doing so, I explain how this community was able to succeed in their protest action without a dependent reliance on the black church.
African Americans; Church and social problems; City Planning; Ethnic neighborhoods; Neighborhood planning; Nevada – West Las Vegas; Political participation; Racism; Resource Mobilization; Social Action
African American Studies | Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mckee, Robert Joseph, "Community Resources and Black Social Action, F Street, A Case Study" (2012). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1596.
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