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Wrapping Up In Search of Respect

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Maggie Cummings

Lecture Nine: In Search of Respect - March 29, 2011 Main arguments in In Search of Respect 1. Yes they are victims, but they dont just accept it 2. To counter their victimization they embrace street culture and the underground economy 3. By doing this (exercizing agency within structural constraints) they end up destroying themselves, friends, communities, and reinforcing these social structures Gender and the search for respect Respect is a viable form of masculinity Marginalized urban men cant replicate rural ideals of masculinity and family structure o Cant replicate it through the service industry, so they turn to drug trade Sexual violence and paternal abandonment, as well as misogynistic practices are almost ambivalent and common-place These norms act as a denial of vulnerability What does this mean for women? Gender is a relationship Women whos men are involved in street culture are also fighting for autonomy and rights, carving out a place for themselves in the public domain, while at the same time trying to maintain traditional households. While there are many instances of gender segregation (interactions between men and women were either familial or sexually charged) but there are instances of individuals crossing the lines Candys story o Shoots her husband for cheating on her o Goes to the hospital and they say some black guy shot him o Her husband ends up getting sent to jail for a drug charge o Candy then is the owner of the Gameroom, but sells the rights to the Gameroom for Ray for $3000 o Burns through the money fast and has no money so she goesto Ray and he hires her to sell crack on the night shift o Falls in love with Primo and they have an affair; end up having a very bad brake up o Decides this is bad for her family, sorts out her social insurance numbers, and goesback on welfare o Her husband gets out of jail, the grandfather moves out so they cant afford the apartment o Candy looks for a real job, and until then she sells cocaine o Goes to court, borrows money to buy a new outfit for court; buys a skin tight red jumpsuit
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