Waverly Duck No Way Out

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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. Waverly Duck explores the business of drug dealing in this community and the…show more content…
The stories of residents in this neighborhood were remarkably vivid, making the reader feel as if he or she was actually present in this community. These compelling personal narratives allow the reader to understand how residents of this neighborhood navigate life and survive under such difficult circumstances. Duck digs beneath the surface of this community into the underlying factors that contribute to the social structure and shows how residents live in safety in the presence of the drug trade. The language used in No Way Out is very understandable and concise. Duck successfully conveys the harsh conditions of poverty that most residents experience and their limited resources to escape it. No Way Out provides new insights into the economic and social lives of these residents and the struggles that these residents face on a daily basis. Duck brilliantly shows how a local interaction order exists against the chaos of the drug
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