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On the run : fugitive life in an American city / Alice Goffman.

By: Goffman, Alice [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015Copyright date: ©2014Edition: First Picador edition.Description: xvi, 279 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781250065667; 1250065666.Subject(s): Criminal justice, Administration of -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | African American youth -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | African American youth -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions | Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Racial profiling in law enforcement -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Imprisonment -- Social aspects -- United States | Brottslighet -- sociala aspekter | Fängelsestraff -- sociala aspekter | Afro-amerikaner | Förenta staterna -- PennsylvaniaDDC classification: 364.3/496073074811
Contents:
The 6th Street Boys and their legal entanglements -- The art of running -- When the police knock your door in -- Turning legal troubles into personal resources -- The social life of criminalized young people -- The market in protections and privileges -- Clean people -- Conclusion : A fugitive community -- Epilogue : Leaving 6th Street.
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The 6th Street Boys and their legal entanglements -- The art of running -- When the police knock your door in -- Turning legal troubles into personal resources -- The social life of criminalized young people -- The market in protections and privileges -- Clean people -- Conclusion : A fugitive community -- Epilogue : Leaving 6th Street.

"First published in the United States by The University of Chicago Press"--Title page verso.

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Library Journal Review

Goffman (sociology, Univ. of Wisconsin) draws on the best traditions of participant-observer research. Embedded for six years in a Philadelphia neighborhood, the author documents the ways in which policing has created "fugitive communities." The book opens with a graphic account of an unprovoked beating and proceeds to describe how the victim must avoid medical attention to stay on the correct side of parole rules. Through characters, narratives, and descriptions, Goffman lays out the contradictions and tensions of trying to "stay right." While sympathetic, the author comes across as neither nostalgic nor forgiving. She provides a direct look at the complicated lives of her subjects and draws the reader into the myriad ways in which "the highly punitive approach to crime control winds up being counterproductive, creating entirely new domains of criminality." Goffman's observations are often tragic, but always suspenseful and sometimes even hilarious. (She documents the market for "clean" urine to pass drug tests.) As well as offering commentary, Goffman draws extensively on the social science literature for guidance and explanation. Perhaps that should have been a giveaway, but it was only when perusing the references that this reviewer realized the author is also the daughter of the late sociologist and author -Erving Goffman. VERDICT This is an academic book that will appeal to general readers.-Ahmer Qadeer, Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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ALICE GOFFMAN grew up in Philadelphia and attended graduate school at Princeton University. She teaches in the sociology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City .

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