wk 16A weapons of the weak

wk 16A weapons of the weak - Wk 14: Weapons of the Weak...

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    Wk 14: Weapons of the  Weak  Everyday Forms of Resistance
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    Review:Culture of Poverty:  Pathology of the Poor Poverty creates its own  culture Traits are passed down  to children Criminal behavior Substance abuse Violent, aggressive  behavior Petty acts of Pilfering;  stealing; cheating Foul language and speech  play; wounding,  humiliating, annihilating Values of inferiority,  aggression and fatalism
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    Danger!: Culture of Poverty  Theory Reinforces  Dominant Ideology Basic psychoanalytic paradigm: cultural  behaviors of the poor are interpreted as  symbols of aggression, pathology and lack of  control  Described as a kind of cultural “inferiority  complex” Interpreted as a kind of unsublimated and  irrational demand for power that calls for some  form of social control:  Blames the victim! reinforces conditions of 
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    Problem Culture of Poverty  Theory: Blame the Victim! Appeal to a culturalist, rather than a  structuralist form of explanation Disregard political and economic forces of history-- social inequality--and the decisive effect on the  nature of culture at a given historical moment Rely on superficial and reductive  psychoanalytic theory Poor folks’ culture is fundamentally the acting out  of a psychological core of aggression and  inferiority; minimizes role of history and society in  producing a massive, exploited and chronically  unemployed underclass
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    Alternative Theory“The  Street Culture of  Resistance”
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