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Chapter 5

In Search of Respect: Ch. 5 Notes

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Maggie Cummings

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Chapter 5: School Days: Learning to be a Better Criminal ANTA02
Family,, school and peer groups are important for construction and enforcement of social
Misogyny of women is enforced through gang rape
Kindergarten Delinquencies: Confronting Cultural Capital
Cultural and generation gap destabilizes power relation between parents and children
Mom as authority figure becomes illiterate sweat shop worker to children, when parents
interact with teacher
Doing well in school is betraying his mom’s love in a way, by siding with teacher
Teachers subconsciously enforce hierarchy of white domination
o Made Primo seem like he was stupid, and had discipline problem
He was judged with class and social inequality
School is where cultural capital and symbolic violence conflicts with children
Most enforcement of social power is unconscious
Primo was stuck between two cultures because Puerto Rico is aware of inner city trouble in NY
and they distrust Puerto Ricans that are from there
Violence: Family and Institutional
Caesar’s mom came from more urban part of Puerto Rico and was more literate and
o Lead to more violence
Caesar had to learn to be violent because moving to each school people tried to initiate him,
violence was a way of letting others know not to mess with him
Hitting on girls (sexual conquests) let Caesar escape violence
Violence was worse in reform schools, where counsellors would beat children too
Teachers often interpret depression from mothers leaving as an issue of classroom discipline
Violence was the norm for Caesar, his grandma beat him publicly
o He didn’t think it was wrong
o Grandma’s violence got her respect even from tough drug dealers, probably became
obvious to Caesar that violence could solve problems
Cultural relativism made author unable to understand gender based violence and rape
Learning Street Skills in Middle School
Primo’s resistance to school got him into low IQ classes
Caesar’s violence got him special education classes for the mentally disordered, this began his
dependency on social security insurance (SSI)
o His family also got SSI, allowed them to live more middle class
o He was proud of it
School is where people learn their future “careers”
o Caesar as mentally and emotionally disabled SSI recipient
Took Thorazine and told people he heard voices to explain violence
o Primo’s was in underground economy
His most important lessons in life were about using or selling drugs
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