Portland State University. Department of Sociology
Joseph F. Jones
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
1 online resource (102 p.)
Street names -- Oregon -- Portland, Community power -- Oregon -- Portland, Decision making -- Oregon -- Portland, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Portland), Union Avenue (Portland)
This study explored the nature of community power and decision-making surrounding the renaming of Portland's Union Avenue in honor of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Employing an integrated theoretical framework based on G. William Domhoff's (1967) perspective of the compatibility of c. Wright Mills' Power Elite Model (1956) and Robert A. Dahl's Pluralist Model (1961) plus Claude s. Fischer's (1982) perspective on the nature of the urban social environment, this study attempted to provide insight into and understanding of the dynamics involved in the controversy that developed over the efforts to rename a street for Dr. King, the decision-making process, and the apparent motivations of the participants.
Antoine, Patricia Luann, "Battle for the boulevard" (1992). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4248.