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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTA02H3
Professor
Maggie Cummings
Semester
Winter

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ANTA02 – Week 11 – March 26, 2013 In Search of Respect: Race, Class and Gender & The Politics of Representation Key Terms/ Themes - Gender and the search for respect (Page, 143) o Three pronged paragraph – Structure vs agency o They exercise their agency within the constraints of street culture; in doing so, men and women reinforce structures they go against - Women’s liberation or traditional femininity? - Politics of Representation - Applied Anthropology - Nancy Scheper-Hughes - Bourgois’s recommendations - Since 1995 – What has changed, what hasn’t and why? Who remains most vulnerable? Gender and the Search for Respect - The search for respect is also a search for a viable form of masculinity o A masculinity that works and is sustainable that men can do and keep doing - Marginalized urban men can’t replicate rural ideals of masculinity and family structure o Ex. Jibaro o Family Structure; Imagine themselves are Jibaros, working class patriarchs (men are sole providers)  Street culture doesn’t work out for family structure  When they can’t support their family anymore because of street culture, they would lash out on their family (wife and children) - Street economy is misogynist, and glorifies sexual conquest, sex crimes, and paternal abandonment o Men are put in vulnerable positions while they try to get manly respect and it doesn’t work out o They lash out at people to hide their vulnerability o Search of Respect; gives a little and takes a lot away - Street culture as denial of vulnerability Women and the Search for Respect - Gender is a relationship - What structures constrain women’s lives? o Liberating themselves, Having their own households o Allowed them to think of themselves as agents instead of victims o Candy; one of the few women he was able to spend lots of time with  Nature of gender relations, men and women who aren’t related don’t tend to spend time together  Exceptional; She shoots her husband, takes over her husband’s drug trade for a while  Very typical too; reacts to constraints - What kind of agency do they exercise? - How do women carve out rights for themselves in the public domain while at the same time trying to maintain traditional households? Candy’s Story; Wife of Felice – He owned the game room - She has 5 children, but wishes she has 12. Catched Felice cheated on her with her sister and shoots hi in his stomach. Feels remorseful about this. The police and ambulance come and they said they were held up by a black guy. She doesn’t get caught, but while Felice is in the hospital, he is taking in for pending charges for drug charges and passes over the rights of the game room to Candy. She sells the rights to Ray for 3 000 dollasr, but she runs over for spending it for her children. She had 2 social security numbers to make ends meet (2 sets of welfare money) and gets cut to 1 welfare payment. She goes to Ray and hires her to manage the night shift to sell crack. She falls madly inlove with primo and they have a love affair and they break up in a violent way. She goes back on welfare onto having two welfare cards. Felices tries to move back into Candy, but he was very drunk. Abraham (grandfather) says he moves out (he payed for rent) but they now can’t afford their apartment and she tries to look for a job. She takes a day job selling cocaine. She isn’t familiar with it and she get’s arrested. Her lawyer tells her she needs to be a sharp suit (a blood red, skin tight jump suit), the judge nearly throws her back in jail for contempt of court. Ray sends two people to tag team the bail money and eventually she gets out and her case is annulled. Felice and her get back together. Felice – Construciton and Candy went for nursing and they work till Candy gets hurt. - Candy as exceptional; Candy as typical - Candy’s Search of Respect - Inverting Patriarchy – Why does it fail? o She takes on the role of selling crack, she gets respect from acting like a man o Able to demand, and command respe
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