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Omaha, Nebraska, just feels more like home: an urban tragedy of the post-industrial Midwest

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dc.contributor.advisor Simmons, Solon J. Filipi, James
dc.creator Filipi, James 2015-07-29T18:35:59Z 2015-07-29T18:35:59Z 2015
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an ethnographic exploration of the post-industrial economy of Omaha, Nebraska. It investigates Omaha's consistent high ranking on a number of "Forbes standards" for places to live and the contradiction that it also has one of the worst intergenerational poverty rates, and highest per-capita black homicide rate in the nation. I offer a critique of structural forces, urban development, and typical means of addressing injustice that are related to the social and economic forces within post-industrial capitalism. It is an ethnographic accounting of the social, historical, and political forces that shaped the post-industrial cityscape and follows with theoretical intervention into urban violence. I began with an historical analysis of the social and economic forces that built the city, followed by extensive field observations and interviews. The research findings suggest problems within late-capitalism, and capitalist means of addressing injustice that contribute to the structural and direct violence of the city. I conclude with a model to address such violence based on empirical observations, capitalist resistance, and basic human needs.
dc.format.extent 363 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 James Filipi
dc.subject Peace studies en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject American studies en_US
dc.subject Aesthetics en_US
dc.subject Basic Human Needs en_US
dc.subject Conflict Resolution en_US
dc.subject Midwest en_US
dc.subject Post Industrial en_US
dc.subject Urban Violence en_US
dc.title Omaha, Nebraska, just feels more like home: an urban tragedy of the post-industrial Midwest
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Conflict Analysis and Resolution en George Mason University en

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