Harris works and lives in the inner-city streets where the drug dealers overrun the city. Harris’ personal beliefs and sense of justice are a result of his life experiences with criminals and drug dealers. His ideas of justice and sense of right and wrong coupled with the social factors of drugs and crime in his community contribute to Harris’ unethical conduct. For instance, the temptations are always present in the circumstances when raiding any drug dealer activity. Drug dealers possess a lot of money and drugs, such as the Training Day movie, in which money and drugs influence Harris, so he acts criminalized.
In search of respect: selling crack in El Barrio, is an ethnography written by Philippe Bourgois. The book’s focus is not about crack, but the situation that brought about the drug business in El Barrio otherwise known as East Harlem. East Harlem is located in Manhattan, New York, and has one of the worst unemployment rates and crime rates. There are many other problems plaguing the area such as drug abuse, poverty, disease and illness. Bourgois was involves in participant observation while studying this culture in East Harlem, and his perspective was to explain the situation and poverty and suffering from not only a personal view but an ethical view, but he wanted to make sure the culture didn’t look bad, because, no culture is bad or good.
To chain gang line chopping. To Be-Bopping. To Hip-Hopping” this could show the identities of black people have progressed. He points out two forms of systems that kept African-Americans down such chattel slavery and vagrancy laws that led to chain-gangs for private prisons. On the contrary he uses jazz and hip-hop as liberating things that give blacks in America identity.
In No Way Out, Waverly Duck examines an urban neighborhood referred to as Bristol Hill, where the drug trade is prevalent among the residents. Duck challenges the popular misconception that these communities characterized by the drug trade, crime, and violence are tumultuous areas with no social order. Duck argues that the residents of this community have created an interaction order that is a complex social organization that allows for survival in such dangerous conditions. For seven years, Duck lived on Lyford Street in Bristol Hill, and his theory is built on his personal experiences and information gathered from residents in this community. Through residents’ personal narratives of their experiences and detailed observations, Duck validates his theory and shows how social order exists in these communities.
This article talks about the film, "Scarface" directed by Brian De Palma in 1983. It surrounds the life of Antonio Montana who is basically a drug lord, and how he earned respect, power, and money through selling illegal goods while being an immigrant in the USA. Since, the article used Venkatesh's corporation theory on the social organization on street gangs, the film "Scarface" was the ideal film to represent Vankastesh's theory. Venkatesh's theory showed how the street gang began to involve in selling drugs, and using their economic expansion to become part of the community. Street gangs exist because of the lack of family structure, legitimate economies, and cultural awareness.
Drey, played by Shareeka Epps, is a student of Dan Dunne’s history class and a player on the Girls’ basketball team. She is also dealing with a drug related problem of her own. Later in the movie, she was involved and influenced with selling drugs to people in the neighborhood by her friend Frank. This is a social conflict in today’s world that people can get young ones to the dirty work and they are the ones risking their own lives with crime while both the young person and the supplier are both making profit. It is the social influence and the possible risk factors that causes the social problems of drug selling in adolescence.
The film focuses on individuals growing up in an area Louisville, Kentucky is known for crimes, drug/ alcohol abuse, behavioral issues. Living in an area with negative energy, where violence and anger is and the outcome of these issues. Individuals are locked up for non-violent crimes such as skipping school. The narrator within the film states, “getting locked up is a part of everyday life.” Meaning the chances of getting locked up within that community can be high/ risky. Whereas in the in the film it also states, “Incarceration is the response to every social issue.” Instead of creating programs to narrow down the social problems, prisons are expanding.
Dealing drugs is one of the uncongenial ways to make money to take care of the family. Sometimes people must do what they must do. Yes, this does have implications for sociologists. The reason considers the impact that certain products like crack cocaine have on local communities. Crack and other drugs also set many impoverished communities back because of the catastrophic effects of addiction or imprisonment (Levitt).
Crips founded in 1971 by Stanley (“Tookie”) Williams and Raymond Washington, both high schoolers in los Angeles, for protection from other gang violence. (“which was inspired by the Black Panthers, formed a political group in 1969 that evolved in 1969.”) Other gangs, as in the bloods were established in response to the Crips growing power. In the early 1980’s Crips focused more on drugs, especially crack cocaine, and the gang eventually formed alliances with the Mexican cartels. “Although it is difficult to estimate the exact number of crips in the country because their loose organization, United States Department of Justice claims there are currently upwards of 35,000 members divided between 800 sets in 48 states.” “Los Angeles sentinel is the most commonly cited sources, article from February 1972, which claimed that the crips were named after members of gangs who carried canes as “crips” (cripples)”. “Williams claimed that the gang originally referred to themselves as “Cribs,” but members simply mispronounced the name and it evolved into crips.” Crips was originally shortened for “Continuous Revolution in Progress.
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, an ethnography by Philippe Bourgois examines a portion of the East Harlem neighborhood, known as “El Barrio” in Spanish, of Manhattan in New York City during the late 1980s to the early 1990s. More specifically, Bourgois focuses on and examines the daily lives of mainly second and third generation Puerto Rican drug dealers in “El Barrio” through participant observation. Throughout the ethnography, his reflections and conclusions of life in the neighborhood and the struggles of minority populations come through discussions with people who have or still use drugs and alcohol such as, Primo and Caesar. Phillipe Bourgois argues that the perpetually high rates of violence, crime, poverty, poor education
In the newspaper article Youth Gangs Leading Cause of Delinquencies written by Gene Sherman for the Los Angeles Times, Sherman hits many hard facts regarding the relationship between the youth of the time and the local gangs. Overtime the largely popular Zoot Suits became a badge of delinquency, with more and more of our youth donning these new relaxed and mobile suits they where just assumed to belong to a gang even if they had no official gang ties. “Motives for gang warfare are ridiculous in adult eyes but sometimes lead to planned an bloody fighting” With little to no provocation a war could break out on the street. Just for looking at someone the “wrong” way could end with a knife in your gut. The Zoot Suits themselves were not to