Class Year

2015

Access Type

Vassar Community Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Economics Department

First Advisor

Joseph Nevins

Abstract

Those who control spaces are able to regulate what moves through them and the speed at which they do so; as such, space has a tendency of being reorganized in favor of those who move more quickly at greater expenditures of energy. This project studies how one population, a small group of elderly Korean immigrants have claimed a space – the seats and tables at a McDonald’s restaurant – but are being driven from it for a number of reasons, the one I address in particular being based on the principle that speed is a signifier of difference worthy of consideration alongside and, indeed, intimately connected to race, class, and gender.

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