Unformatted text preview: sharper his failure as the head of the family. He believes that to soften this failure to his public and self esteem. He gives the example, “I’m not even trying to be your father so now I can’t be blamed for failing to accomplish what I’m not trying to do.” (56) When the father is separated from his kids he does not feel as obligated to be their main support. The closest relationships on the street corner are those where the men do live with the children, and accept responsibility when the child is NOT their own. Often times at the street corner the gestures of the man who lives with his own children are rarely acknowledged, whereas a man living with children that are not his own, everything is seen as monumental. Since the expectations for a man living with children that are not his own are very minimal he can form a relationship without guilt, or fear of failure....
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- Spring '16
- Sociology, street corner, Liebow, Liebow states