Sunny对《Sidewalk》的笔记(1)

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Sidewalk
  • 书名: Sidewalk
  • 作者: Mitchell Duneier/Ovie Carter
  • 页数: 400
  • 出版社: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • 出版年: 2000-12-20
  • 第317页
    Any society with high levels of economic inequality, racism, illiteracy, and drug dependency, and with inadequate transitions from mental hospitals and prisons to work and home, will have vast numbers of people who cannot conform to the requirments of its formal institutions. Given this, the correct response is not for the society to attempt to rid public space of the outcasts it has had a hand in producing. It is vital to the well-being of cities with extreme poverty that there be opportunities for those on the edge to engage in self-directed entrepreneurial activity.
    There will always be people who, faced with dispiriting social conditions give up. The people we see working on Sexth Avenue are perservering. They are trying not to give up hope. We should honor that in them.
    afterword
    My departure from Sixth Avenue was no easier than my arrival. One does not spend seven years working on the sidewalk and make a swift foray back into the formal economy. I thought that I could. My attempt now to move into publishing, public school education, or urban policy research is marred still by biterness and my contempt for corporate whites who thwarted my ability to simply earn a living, which is what brought me to Sixth Avenue in the first place. This conflict between my aspirations and my bitterness is the essence of my story. It has not been resolved. It may never be.
    I am still trying to undrestand how Mitch and the people who lives he documented developed relationship on several New York City streets where race and class conflicts derail most efforts to transcentd such barriers. Does this mean that people sometimes find ways - the will, actually - to work through their phobias and prejudices on these streets? Is it a matter of being willing to listen to one another with respect? Does it hinge on the sheer willpower of a subject, in this case myself, who was determined not to be reduced to a theoretical formulation or mere "data"? Given the vast inequalities, racial misunderstandings, and violence found on the street at every turn, I believe there was some measure of good luck involved here - the kind of luck that scholars and "subjects" of different races, classes, and genders will need when they encounter one another "in the field." (by Hakim Hasan)
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