Burgois main argument is found on page 143. 1)people of el barrio are victims of social margenilization/structural oppression. 2)they embrace it because they think that"s how they can fight it: while embracing it they become perpetuations of their own person. We"ll be focusing more on how it affects women. They react to inability to deal with el barrio by doing it. Abandonment and all those listed are seen as normal for them. They deny their vulnerability by lashing out others. These women are in the midst of carving out everyone else. Candy is exceptional because she does what men do (sell crack, shots, etc) But at the same time candy is typical in the sense that she"s the puerto rican. She"s the wife of the game room owner. She finds husband having affair with her sister so he shots him in stomach. She gets busted for having 2 social securities because on one she"s collecting welfare, the other to work.