ANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE 11 MARCH 31
Nice synopsis of key argument on page 143! Framed around structure vs
-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
-How does gender fit into the book?
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. The men
feel vulnerable, because they are marginal, and in their vulnerability they
lash out at the people around them
-Search for masculinity results in denial of masculinity. Pg. 158
-HOW TO WOMEN EXPERIENCE THE SEARCH FOR RESPECT? IF
SEARCH FOR RESPECT IS SEARCH FOR MASCULINITY, IS THERE AN
EQUALIVENT FOR WOMEN IN EL BARRIO?
-Gender is a relationship, it relies on both sides of an equation.
-The women are vulnerable to violence and attack from the men they know
-One might think the women live in constant fear and terror, BUT borgois
finds is that just as the men aren’t paralyzed by their vulnerability, neither
are the women. They don’t sit back and take it, and they show different forms
of agency. Atonomy and rights. They are trying to become more independent.
-RELATIONSHIP WITH CANDY IS KEY. AUTHOR GOT TO KNOW HER
-Candy is very driven and exceptional, and she takes control of her actions,
but she is still a typical woman, and she imagines womanhood in a particular
way, and we see through her experience the structural and cultural
constraints in her agency.
AFTER CANDY CATCHES FELIX CHEATING ON HER WITH HER
SISTER, SHE SHOOTS HIM. In the hospital felix ends up going to jail for