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In Search of Respect

Anthro.
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lucia hernandez

on 2 November 2012

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Transcript of In Search of Respect

Introduction Violating Apartheid in the United States Philippe explains that he went into El Barrio because although many anthropologist have studied them they don't really understand the people in El Barrio He not only wants to study their lives he also wants to become involved.
He also doesn't wan to give the poor a bad name but he doesnt want to censor the realities of living in poverty. He had to be careful with what he said around Ray because Ray once got offended and almost killed him.
Because of his race some people assume he is either an undercover cop or a drug addict.
Ray is the boss of the drug dealers, and he balances violence and generosity to keep his friends and to stay safe. Ch.2: A Street History of El Barrio Puerto Rico is a financial liability to the U.S , has never been an economically profitable territory
Jibaros are hillbillies in Puerto Rico, immigrated to the U.S
Most people in East Harlem think that they are directly responsible for the state that they are in.
East Harlem was once populated by Dutch, germans, irish Catholics, jews/ African Americans/ Italians and Puerto Ricans. In the 1950's "urban renewal", bulldozed blocks of low-income housing and forced 15,736 families into Housign Authority Projects.
The quality of life for people attempting to live a healthy life was affected by this because the crime became more concentrated and poverty also rose.
Around this time crack cocaine became more popular, because it was inexpensive and it gave a person a better high than any other drug. Ch. 3: Crackhouse Management: Addiction, Discipline, and Dignity The first owner of the Game Room was Felix, he likes the "street-corner glory' and flirting with teenaged girls
Ray believed "discipline his workforce firmly without overstepping culturally defined rule of respect".
Primo manages his own worker with his commission
In the Game Room there is a lot of racist/sexist dynamic Addicts started selling crack on the streets because they wanted to quit smoking
Legal jobs are more stable but often times make less money than crack selling
Gato steals crack from Game Room and Ray later finds out and punishes him.
To prevent a bust Abraham looks out for white people and people that are too clean and healthy. Ch.4: "Goin' Legit":Disrespect and Resistance Work At one point most people in crack dealing network have had a legal job at some point
Working class jobs found are the lease desirable
They believed that they were exploited and they thought that selling crack dealing was the better option.
Most of the dealers are lazy, living off food stamps, and they choose to spend money on drugs
Becoming rejected from jobs it creates low self-confidence Ch 5: School Days: Learning to Be a Better Criminal Criminals start from an early age
Family also influenced the early start of becoming a criminal for many of the drug dealers.
We learned that Caesar and Primo don't blame their peer groups for their criminal activities, they would spend no time at all in the classrooms but in the streets. In this chapter we also learn about gang rapes that occurred when Primo and Ray were younger.
Primo and Caesar along with Ray would gang rape people and at this point Philippe felt disgusted and betrayed by Primo because he had grown to respect him. Ch. 6: Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street In East Harlem, daughters, sisters, and wives can on longer be beaten submissive and sent upstairs as authoritatively as they were in the past for socializing on the street, or pursuing careers in the underground economy
Candy shot her husband and got away with it. Candy falls in love with Primo and she becomes part of Rays drug dealers.
Candy sniffed more coke, lost more weight, saw less of her children, made more money, and had more sex and power than ever before in her life. Ch.7: Families and Children in Pain In the neighborhood he saw how little kids would transform from happy children to teenagers that were addicted to crack, pregnant or in jail.
Candy's daughter is kidnapped and rapped but Primo believed it was her fault for what had happened to her. Primo dismissed the rape with "her pussy itched and it got scratched".
Mothers have to be completely be committed to their children.
It is a social rule if a mother abandons her children it is viewed upon negatively but if the father abandons them it is viewed as normal. Ch.8: Vulnerable Fathers In the community most men in the community are fathers but hardly any of them provide any financial help to any of their children.
Many of the men do not have the financial stability to support their children.
The men also not seen their children and they are not involved in their lives.
Growing up many of the men were physcally abused by their fathers and they continued the abuse with the women they were involved with. The men in the book love very much their sons but they know they cannot offer them a good life, they know that the life they are living isn't the best and wishes they were more involved in their lives.
children are conditionally conditioned to respect their fathers. Conclusion Drugs are merely the medium for desperate people to internalize their frustration, resistance, and powerlessness.
Philippe says that "we should focus our ethical concerns and political energies on the contradictions pose by the persistence of inner-city poverty in the midst of extraordinary opulence".
A solution to dismantle the hostile bureaucratic maze that punishes the poor for working legally".
Which means that human needs should not be rigidly penalized when an impoverished household reports supplemental legal income.
He also suggests that increasing material and political powerlessness of the working poor in the U.S needs to become a central concern.
Any long-term paths out of the quagmire will have to address the structural and political economic roots, as well as the ideological and cultural roots of social marginalization.
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