Promises I Can Keep

Promises I Can Keep - Sociology 130 February 7, 2008...

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Sociology 130 February 7, 2008 Promises I Can Keep Mexican American Families -Kinship ties very strong -High birth rates -Marry (or married) at a younger age -Two-parent, single-earner families more common than for other Hispanic groups People in Prison and Jail -Almost 2.5 million in prison/jail at a given time during that year -About 7 million people with restricted freedom (i.e. probation, parole, jail, or prison) In most states: time in prison=no voting rights -Men in Prison (data from 2004, based on age) 1% of white men in their late twenties are in prison/jail 2.5% of latino men “ “ 8% of black men “ “ Cohen Interpretation -Black (poor?) men excluded from three institutional arenas State, market, family -As a result, stereotyped as unworthy Citizens, workers, marriage partners -Current prison rates are just the tip of the iceberg Cumulative effects over the entire life course (e.g. job discrimination) Justice system central to indelible image creation
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