Even the workers who did steal to supplement their income were unable to financially support themselves and their families, should they have one. You learn what he saw and heard, and what he thought and felt about all that. Clark — in Dark GhettoGregory maintains that the black community has been rendered powerless by urban political processes, even as black Americans continue to organize and fight for social justice.
Not only are they restricted from a consumerist culture, but they are victims of a capitalist system. For twelve months in andLiebow and a group of researchers studied the behavior of a group of young black men who lived near and frequently hung around a street corner in a poor black neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.
His portrait of how inner-city blacks navigate the racial waters of their neighborhoods is both gloomy and sad, revealing a number of examples of how whites are apathetic and often discriminatory toward black workers. His insights seem equally valid and important now. Surprisingly, this text lacked a discussion of race as it related to social class.
While the streetcorner men are physically near some of the most powerful people or more specifically, whit I found the connection between perceived failure and their employment situation to be the most engaging, as it allows deep connections to the capitalist structure itself.
The book still has value, both in the documenting of the lives of the corner men, and in the documenting of the efforts to understand and aid them 50 years ago. In a similar vein, Liebow argued that the relentless patterns of racial discrimination by whites had left black men with low self-esteem and thus a desire to remain uneducated and unattached to their children or families.
Liebow explains these men lack want -- want of a higher standard of living, want of education, and want of a better life -- which is the primary force that drives consumerism. He used the information he gathered for his doctoral thesis that became this book.
Sep 27, Noelle rated it really liked it I found the connection between perceived failure and their employment situation to be the most engaging, as it allows deep connections to the capitalist structure itself. While the streetcorner men are physically near some of the most powerful people or more specifically, white men in the United States, they lack such economic and social power.
A clear example of the use of a blaming-the-victim argument is in the Moynihan Reportwhich argued that unemployment and a lack of educational success among black Americans could be traced to dysfunctional black families. As Liebow shied away from claiming any sort of generalizability beyond his sample, it was unsurprising that he did not compare the streetcorner men to the situations of poor white men.
The problem with this argument is that it fails to account for the real and pervasive racial dilemmas faced by blacks in the United States. The streetcorner men lacked public examples of black men who were in positions of power at all, let alone having examples of those who transitioned from a lower class status.
Hence the burden of misfortune is shifted directly onto black Americans. This fact not only affects the social and economic mobility of black Americans, it also has an adverse impact on the motivation of blacks living in the ghetto to follow through on their education.
Thus education is a key, for Liebow, in lifting black men out of poverty. Labor is interchangeable from one worker to another; the man in the pickup truck demonstrated this point in his indiscriminant recruitment for daily jobs, where skills and previous experience are irrelevant.
Perhaps the imagery of the American dream and upward mobility was more believable for white workers than for people of color, as there was no paucity of white men in powerful positions. The advertising signs that surround the carry-out shop represent a consumerist culture to which they do not belong.
He documents their relationships with work, women, children, and each other in - mostly - their own words. This book reports what he learned in while hanging out with the men on a certain D. Rather, like Kenneth B.
A Study of Negro Streetcorner Menby the American anthropologist Elliot Liebow —represented a breakthrough for its time in studies dealing with poverty and race.
Although he was white and Jewish, he had grown up in a mostly black neighborhood in DC and was able to have comfortable relationships with the men he was studying. For example, Liebow argued that as long as black Americans failed to become educated, they would remain ignorant of the opportunities provided many whites.
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