Alice Goffman’s On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City is a sociologist’s intimate as well as immersive account of years of fieldwork in the Philadelphia ghetto. On the Run focuses majorly on, the impacts of the criminal justice system on a neighborhood whereby the majority of young men are considered dirty. The result of this is due to the legal status that they are compromised by pending court hearing. Additionally, her book further narrates about poverty, broken relationship, how to transform community life in ways that are enduring. Themes The themes presented of this book by Alice Goffman logically transform the entire lives through stabilization.
Introduction Many people are or have become ignorant to the fact that racism still exists. They see racism on the news, hear about racism on the radio and from their families and friends, yet still don’t accept the fact that African Americans are still being held back from prospering by our very own American government. In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander elaborates on the still very existing discrimination of colored people, especially of African Americans. She proves to us that the idea of “slavery” is being kept alive but in a new way till this very day. Michelle Alexander is a civil right lawyer and advocate which makes her a credible author as she has expertise in this topic.
Wes Moore is the author of a novel that talks about a man with the same name as him and how his life varies from his own. There are three special social factors that set good and bad Wes apart from each other. Also there was a positive impact on the bad Wes when he participated in Job Corps when he was at the campus but it did not last very long when he went back home. Which once Wes headed back down the negative path again it would ultimately lead to his life imprisonment. But it seemed like prison turned out to have a good impact on Wes’ life but it will impact his children’s lives forever.
Education vs. Blue Collar Some Lessons From The Assembly Line By Andrew Braaksma is a story of a gentleman who works in factory 's during his breaks throughout college. He describes the differences of the college life vs. the blue collar working life. The story goes on to explain the struggles between the two, as well as his views on them. The articles theme of higher education vs. none is very plausible because Braaksma recognizes the negativities of blue collar work, defends the benefits of higher education, and includes captivating personal experiences. The author talks about what life would be like if he never went to college, in addition to his work experiences during the fall breaks.
McLaurin’s Separate Pasts does a very good job of reflecting the injustices of segregation during the 1950’s in the south. The black people that McLaurin describes in his book and the impact they had in his own beliefs are good examples how black lives were in a segregated south during that time period. Surprises such as, a white man found not guilty of killing his wife and the black man, when he found them in bed together, questions and attracts reader to his world, his true and deep explanations about each and every black person makes readers realize themselves the challenge racial prejudice and segregation created among the whites and the blacks. However, the book shows McLaurin as someone very special which might make readers question his
was prevalent in the media. In Sloan Wilson’s novel “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”, Tom and Betsy Rath are a middle-class couple struggling to find satisfaction in their lives, and while this novel is a work of fiction, it is also realistic in the sense that it draws from Wilson’s own experiences in life after World War II. The novel can also, as seen in the title, be applied to any man working at a business, as a gray flannel suit is typically worn by any of those people. Betsy Rath was a stay-at-home mother after the war ended, so in this manner she was similar to the women depicted in media, like Lucy. However, in many other ways she quite different.
The Gilded Age, as described by Jacob Riis in his book, How the Other Half Lives, and in lecture, was filled with crowded living spaces, poverty, prejudice, and alcoholism. When he made his conclusions about the challenges of the Gilded Age, Riis was slightly biased racially. However, he also had a better understanding of the living conditions of the poor immigrants and described them accurately in my opinion. Riis began his book by summarizing the beginnings of the tenement housing situations, or the “Genesis of
As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism. People of the town including children refer to black people as “Niggers”, and raised to think of black people as lower class individuals. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a strong message towards racism, this is learned from Scout & Jem as they mature throughout the novel and are constantly being exposed to demeaning segregation in Maycomb County. In giving Scout a lesson about racism, Atticus also does the same for the readers of the novel. This happens when Scout asks Atticus what the term ‘Nigger-lover” meant, after being insulted several of times and not knowing if it is an offensive word or not, but had a slight feeling it was when Atticus was being called at.
From this, derives a bond with the reader that pushes their understanding of the evil nature of slavery that society deemed appropriate therefore enhancing their understanding of history. While only glossed over in most classroom settings of the twenty-first century, students often neglect the sad but true reality that the backbone of slavery, was the dehumanization of an entire race of people. To create a group of individuals known for their extreme oppression derived from slavery, required plantation owner’s of the South to constantly embedded certain values into the lives of their slaves. To talk back means to be whipped. To fail to do work to a respectable level means to be sold to another plantation and ripped away from one’s family.
Dickens teaches us a great deal about Victorian poverty, in London. The extract and novella as a whole illustrate the hardship and stigma the poor endured, which Dickens experienced himself as a child giving us a more vivid and accurate description. The novella was written, by Dickens, to verbalise the inequality and class division in Victorian society or else there was to be a revolution, like in France. Dickens conveys this through his use of language, literary devices, speech and characterisation. In this extract given we learn a lot about poverty through Scrooge’s clerks family; the Cratchits.