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Chapter 7

ANTA02 In Search of Respect, Chapter 7 Notes

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Anthropology
Course Code
ANTA02H3
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Genevieve Dewar

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ANTA02 – In Search of Respect; Chapter 7 FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN PAIN Street culture’s children: Psychology: Bulk of adult character determined in infancy, most battered children (or ones that witness violence) are virtually irremediable by 6-8y.o. - In psych theory street people in ElBarrio qualify as antisocial sociopaths b/w of early childhood socialization experiences. - But individualistic, psychological-deterministic view disregards larger politic-econ and cultural context – limited by focusing on individual neurosis & cultural/class biases of survey methods. - Historical processes and the effects of unequal power relations on class/ethnicity/gender Categories. Restructuring of NYC economy & history of P.rican immigration = changed family organization. - For poorer houses these changes = disruptive leading to household degeneration, victim=children. - Problem related to the contradictory shifts in gender power rel’ns since motherhood is fixed, while women’s rights and structure of traditional family have transformed. - Mothers have the exclusive responsibility for nurturing children even though they may not be willing to sacrifice their individual freedom unconditionally to raise kids.  Results in parenting vacuum – mothers take to the streets – expressed statistically as increase in child neglect/abuse cases.  By default, street culture becomes socializing force when fragmented families force children to take refuge on streets. Children = vulnerable to: Dynamic of brutality where victim internalize the social structures that dominate them to the pt that they eventually take charge of administering their own self destruction. - Ex. Stories told or pictures drawn of sad, violent scenes – or by gradually entering drug dealing. Punishing girls: Candy’s daughter got gang raped by a guy (she ran with to escape family meltdown) and his 2 friends. - Mom: acknowledged that it was rape despite street culture’s double-standard denial of gang sex as form of violence.  Removed fault from daughter saying she was scared & felt life was in danger though admitting that they weren't violent with her – relieved b/c daughter wasn’t impregnated.  Other than giving her birth control, mom mobilized men in her life to beat-up daughter’s friend’s mom (bc friend=hoe).  xample of how vulnerable prey on one another and internalize structural marginalization. - Male peers: exonerate rapists and denounce victim.  She got influenced/conned into doing shit but not raped.  She knew what she was doing/getting into b/c she wanted to be hanging out on the street (looking out the window w/longing).  Rapists exonerated because she lacked remorse & failed to follow traditional solution (est
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