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ANTA02 In Search of Respect, Chapter 8 Notes

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Genevieve Dewar

ANTA02 – In Search of Respect; Chapter 8 VULNERABLE FATHERS Public policy attempts to get fathers to stay with baby mamas misguided b/c its not fatherlessness that destroys child’s morals – its poverty and abuse. - Problem: too many abusive fathers in nuclear households terrorizing kids/moms and women take too long to become single mothers, tolerating abuse. - Material basis for fathers failing to support their kids = high school dropouts can't find secure jobs that would allow them to maintain conjugal households on a single income (tradition patriarchal style). Jibaro identity offers appositionally based sense of dignity & respect. - Patriarchal order-producing categories of traditional legacy revolves around gender, age, kin are in flux.  Due to disruptive experiences of prolonged colonial dependency, migration, urbanization & ghettoization.  Disruption worsened by material base of street culture – specifically entry-level labor market & the underground econ that condemns people to poverty, econ insecurity, high levels of institutional/personal violence. Street culture & underground econ = alternative forum for redefining sense of masculine dignity. - Instead of financial/emo support for progeny in nuclear family, dignity defined around promiscuity, conspicuous violence & ecstatic subs abuse.  Ex. Lashing out violently against families they’re unable to support . - Eddie’s analysis of sexuality, promiscuity: if you have money you don’t have to be defined through women – or maybe it's an ego thing to boast to friends but in reality it's an escape from the truth that I’m tied down w/a kid to
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