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Crips and Bloods Vargas, Entire Book AMST 101
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Reactions? According to the film, what caused the proliferation  of violent street gangs…. According to the film, who is to blame for the  proliferation of violent street gangs in Los Angeles? Crips and Bloods
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1. Don’t Blame the Victims of an Unfair Society  for being victimized (ch. 1)-- Pay attention to  the “structural conditions” beyond the  control of poor people! 2. Don’t view poor/working class inner-city  areas as only places of violence, materialism,  hopelessness, and nihilism (p. x) –  Pay  attention to resistance and social  transformation! 3. Don’t see terms such as Black community or  Blackness (identity) as homogenous and  inherently and always united (p. x) –  Pay  attention to internal conflicts among  Tips from Vargas for doing  research on Race and Class in  L.A.
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“I explore how different forms of blackness emerge  from different experiences (15).” Read two paragraphs from bottom of 15 to middle of  16.  Starting with “Although replete with structural  causes…” Blackness = collective racial identity Racial identity necessary to forge social movement —only way to combat systematic discrimination Social movement NOT “self-help” or uplift (17) Key concept:  “Meanings of Blackness”
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Research Tip #1 Don’t Blame the Victims of an Unfair Society for  being victimized Why does Vargas oppose this view of urban  problems that blames these problems on their  victims (p. 46)? Because blaming victims ignores the “structural  conditions” and “macrosocial forces” beyond  their control (p. 35) Cycle of Poverty (p. 14) How is the cycle of poverty evident in Kody’s life?  (pp. 1-12). Vargas, Ch. 1: Blackness as  Exclusion and Isolation
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How is Vargas’s analysis of the structural conditions  of Black LA similar to Scott Kurashige’s Side’s  accounts?
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