In Search of Respect: Ch. 7 Notes

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Chapter 7: Families and Children in Pain ANTA02
Psychological and Psychiatric explanations of people in El Barrio ignores political economic and
cultural context
o Historical unequal power relations around class, ethnicity, gender and sexual categories
o Psychological explanations usually use white middle class participants
Mothers still have exclusive responsibility of motherhood, but have much more individual
freedom
o Some are unwilling to compromise freedom for motherhood, leading to abuse and
neglect
Structural problems of poverty, segregation and gender power relations are not addressed by
politicians
o Need affordable day care, job training and employment referral services are hard to
come by for poor women
Street Culture’s Children
Children have difficult life because they witness a lot of violence and drugs
Makes it easy for them to become criminals, drug addicts or pregnant
The author enjoyed how children played so freely in the streets and the public affection given to
children
o When he went to middle class homes, people didn’t give the author’s child this affection
Class and racial boundaries were obvious when guars would follow author and the kids he
brought from East Harlem
Kids internalize self-destruction and then take charge and administer their own self-destruction
Crackhouses are often the only place where there is heating and air conditioning, and is most
popular social spot in El Barrio
Candy’s son junior began as runner for Primo and later became lookout, had already was
arrested once and was beginning to look like drug dealer even though he refused to use drugs
Punishing Girls in the Street
Even though Caesar and Primo dismissed Candy’s daughter Jackie’s rape, they stood by Candy
and helped her search for Jackie
Candy wanted everyone to publicly acknowledge her daughter’s rape, even though this was
against street culture, who deny its existence
Primo and Caesar knew she was forced into having sex, but didn’t see it as rape
They dismissed Jackie b/c she went against Jibrao tradition, didn’t start family with man and
wanted to talk to guys
o They said she didn’t act like a victim
o They thought if she settled down with her boyfriend things would be alright
o They blamed Candy for violating gender roles and thus her daughter would
Vulnerable internalize their structural marginality and prey on other vulnerable people
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Psychological and psychiatric explanations of people in el barrio ignores political economic and cultural context: historical unequal power relations around class, ethnicity, gender and sexual categories, psychological explanations usually use white middle class participants. Mothers still have exclusive responsibility of motherhood, but have much more individual freedom: some are unwilling to compromise freedom for motherhood, leading to abuse and neglect. Structural problems of poverty, segregation and gender power relations are not addressed by politicians: need affordable day care, job training and employment referral services are hard to come by for poor women. Children have difficult life because they witness a lot of violence and drugs. Makes it easy for them to become criminals, drug addicts or pregnant. The author enjoyed how children played so freely in the streets and the public affection given to children: when he went to middle class homes, people didn"t give the author"s child this affection.

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