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Chapter 9

In Search of Respect: Ch. 9 Notes

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Maggie Cummings

Chapter 9 Conclusion ANTA02Structural racial and class oppression is too complex to be solved by simple policy changes in the short termEconomic and political structural forces history culture and individuals all need addressingConfronting Racial and Class InequalityInstead of Drugs US is one of most powerful and rich countries but inner cities are impoverishedDrugs are internalizing of frustration resistance and powerlessness o Its an expression of deeper structural dilemmasDrug use is qualitatively worse in 1990s than 1980s but reason is because of a larger gap between working class and rich o Restructuring of world economy by global corporations financial capital digital technology and less public intervention on behalf of poor are contributorsThere is a sharp divide polarization of income according to class gender and region o Eg married Puerto Ricans make much more female and elderly lead households made much lessTo attack drugs the author suggests balance between underground and legal economy has be to be addressed 1 The profitability of drug economy 2 Fragility and hostility of entrylevel legal labor marketDecriminalizing drugs could eliminate profitability of drugs remove incentive for dealers to sell to kids and reduce cost of incarcerating and prosecuting dealersDignified and emotionally rewarding jobs need to be providedTo make legal jobs for appealing o Aid for bas
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