Pg 143 (in search of r)
3 key points in the argument
- 1) Everyone involved in the underground economy are victimized. Yes they are vicims but they
don’t accept it.
- 2) Embracing street culture is one of the ways they resist the structural forces in the
- 3) They ultimately make it worse for theirselves by doing these.
Mostly inhabited by Puerto Ricans.
- Back a few centuries – It was held by the Spanish. It was a highly sought after spot, because of
its excellent location. Resource – Sugar and something else.
- It was a really important military site.
- This helps us understand structural factors.
- Later on, U.S took it.
- More important for military than economic so creating a viable economy wasn’t the main goal.
- Used economically for some plantation work.
- Agro- business companies were forced out into BIG PLANTATIONS. The workers from small
farms were called to work in the big plantations.
- Some ppl didn’t wanna work in plantations.- Jibaros.
- Jibaro – Hillbillies of Puerto Rico.
- They resisted state control and labour.
- Puerto Rico now depends n cheap manufacturing and some pharmaceuticals.
- They started migrating into the U.S, particularly to New York.
- More PR than Irish.
- A lot of jobs.
- After world war 2, jobs shifted to the service sector from manufacturing.
- Especially - > Finance , Real Estate business. (FIRE SECTOR)
- People were still coming for manufacturing work from PR.
- PR moved into east harlem
o Buzwa point out something about them.
o Once East Harlem was easily accessible.
o But not close to real estate.
o Waves and Waves of ppl moving in.
o Alberio - > It was a Jewish neighbourhood.
o Thn it was Afro American - ? something Italian.
o Italians were poorly received. They were from the very south of Italy.
o Racialization of this neighborhood. They it was PR.
o It was the place to go if you were looking for trouble.
o Pg. 60.- were seen as racial something. o They experienced all kinds of racism.
o Scientific racism too.
- Italian mother – cow and