Nice synopsis of key argument on page 143! Residents of el barrio, are victims of structure, but they don"t accept victimization, but they resist the marginalization by embracing street culture and feel less marginalized by turning to street culture. Unfortunately in doing so, they become the agents of their own destruction and marginalization. Many of the people in the book are men, and he uses the idea of the masculine search for respect. The search for respect is the search for a viable form of masculinity because partly they are replicating what they imagine the ideal manhood of their fathers. A rural way of being a man, a patriarch, and economic prosperity. However the urban men of el barrio cant replicate the rural ideals of masculinity and family structure. They turn to the underground economy as means of finding the viable form of masculinity, but street culture is misogynist, and self destructive.