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Ch 4 Notes In Search of Respect

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Anthropology
Course Code
ANTA02H3
Professor
Maggie Cummings

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Chapter 4: Goin Legit: Disrespect and Resistance at WorkANTA02
Almost everyone in Rays network had history of working legally at young age
oBy the time most were 21 they had failed to keep a legal job
Structural problem of legal jobs:
oWhen Puerto Ricans were moving into factor based economies on New York,
when those jobs were becoming obsolete
oFactory jobs have been drastically reduced while service jobs have increased
oFinance, Real estate and Insurance jobs took over (FIRE)
According to the author, the made a cultural clashing effect
oPuerto Ricans found it difficult to function in upper-middleclass white world
where they have to show public obedience contradict with street culture for
personal dignity
Males are socialized to not accept public subordination
Resistance, Laziness, and Self-Destruction
Dealers see leaving the legal world as rebellious, but want to go back to legal world
all the time
They hate the working conditions and pay, but fear they are themselves lazy or
incompetent
Caesar liked to be in control, when he makes money illegally he does what he wants
with it
oHe makes very little, but its enough to do what he wants (drugs)
oWhen he had a legal job he did crack and was taxed heavily
First Fired Last Fired
No one in Rays network considered themselves victims because they lived in a
bubble where the underground economy was the norm
oWere not aware that they were socially and economically disadvantaged
Primo was unaware of the economy’s impact on him finding a job, which led him to
blame his counselor for not finding a job
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Chapter 4: Goin Legit: Disrespect and Resistance at WorkANTA02
oMarket hits vulnerable labourers the most
Primo was structurally marginalized, economy made it hard to find a job and he was
getting too old for the jobs he was applying for
His confidence took a hit, became frustrated and turned to drugs
Internalizing Unemployment
Primo escalated his drug use when he couldnt find a job
Enforced patriarchal principle of family discipline by lecturing girlfriend about not
getting a job
oThis was odd because in patriarchy, man is supposed to work
Puerto Ricans had one of the lowest labour force participation rates
Caesar saw dealing as and street culture as something to be proud of, they were
rebelling from traditional society
Crossover Dreams
Cultural capital allows people to interact with credibly with middle-class society
Both Caesar and Primo dreamed of becoming legit
oWere superstitious and about new jobs
Different cultural capital is needed for underground and legal economy
oRay was good at operating underground but bad at legal (couldnt open deli)
Ray was seen as competent in administer violence, assessing customer demand, and
disciplining employees
Why Primo failed as repair entrepreneur:
oStereotype barriers
Customers wouldnt want his help because they didnt trust Puerto
Ricans
oJibaro reciprocal obligation and principles
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Chapter 4: Goin Legit: Disrespect and Resistance at Work ANTA02 Almost everyone in Rays network had history of working legally at young age o By the time most were 21 they had failed to keep a legal job Structural problem of legal jobs: o When Puerto Ricans were moving into factor based economies on New York, when those jobs were becoming obsolete o Factory jobs have been drastically reduced while service jobs have increased o Finance, Real estate and Insurance jobs took over (FIRE) According to the author, the made a cultural clashing effect o Puerto Ricans found it difficult to function in upper-middleclass white world where they have to show public obedience contradict with street culture for personal dignity Males are socialized to not accept public subordination Resistance, Laziness, and Self-Destruction Dealers see leaving the legal world as rebellious, but want to go back to legal world all the time They hate the working conditions and pay, but fear they are themselves lazy or incompetent Caesar liked to be in control, when he makes money illegally he does what he wants with it o He makes very little, but its enough to do what he wants (drugs) o When he had a legal job he did crack and was taxed heavily First Fired Last Fired No one in Rays network considered themselves victims because they lived in a bubble where the underground economy was the norm o Were not aware that they were socially and economically disadvantaged Primo was unaware of the economys impact on him finding a job, which led him to blame his counselor for not finding a job www.notesolution.com
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