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Emily Leung Sociology 106 September 28 th , 2009 On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto by Alice Goffman describes the structural position of black men in Philadelphia. By reading this article, it shows many influences on the community members’ behavior. The influences were brought upon by the structural system of the law enforcement in the area. The members of this Philadelphia Ghetto community act very cautiously around their neighborhood. By doing so, they sacrifice a lot to protect themselves from being put into prison. The members of the community somewhat do not have full rights, they fear going to work, going to get treatment at hospitals, or even being there for the delivery of their child. The fear arises because the law enforcement will track down the person in any situation possible. The
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Unformatted text preview: influences are even seen at early ages where children would be playing games that resemble a cop enforcing the law, and the black person either running away or getting arrested. The behavior of the community if not pursued under law enforcement would change dramatically. The fear would not be present, and the worries of the community would be different. The members of the community would have a chance to be a part of the society by working or getting involved in other activities. The community would not being living a life of fear but they would be living an average life worrying about bills, children, and etc. The change would be an opportunity to live life with average daily struggles any poor community would have....
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