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Renegade Dreams [Download] ➽ Renegade Dreams By Laurence Ralph – Thomashillier.co.uk Every morning Chicagoans wake up to the same stark headlines that read like some macabre score 13 shot 4 dead overnight across the city and nearly every morning the same elision occurs what of the nin Every morning Chicagoans wake up to the same stark headlines that read like some macabre score shot dead overnight across the city and nearly every morning the same elision occurs what of the nine other victims As with war much of our focus on inner city violence is on the death toll but the reality is that far victims live to see another day and must cope with their injuriesboth physical and psychologicalfor the rest of their lives Renegade Dreams is their story Walking the streets of one of Chicagos most violent neighborhoodswhere the local gang has been active for than fifty yearsLaurence Ralph talks with people whose lives are irrecoverably damaged seeking to understand how they cope and how they can be better helped Going deep into a West Side neighborhood most Chicagoans only know from news reportsa place where children have been shot just for crossing the wrong streetRalph unearths the fragile humanity that fights to stay alive there to thrive against all odds He talks to mothers grandmothers and pastors to activists and gang leaders to the maimed and the hopeful to aspiring rappers athletes or those who simply want safe passage to school or a steady job Gangland Chicago he shows is as complicated as ever Its not just a warzone but a community a place where peoples dreams are projected against the backdrop of unemployment dilapidated housing incarceration addiction and disease the many hallmarks of urban poverty that harden like so many scars in their lives Recounting their stories he wrestles with what it means to be an outsider in a place like this whether or not his attempt to understand to help might not in fact inflict its own damage Ultimately he shows that the many injuries these people carrylike dreamsare a crucial form of resilience and that we should all think about the ghetto differently not as an abandoned island of unmitigated violence and its helpless victims but as a neighborhood full of homes as a part of the larger society in which we all live together among one another.


About the Author: Laurence Ralph

Laurence Ralph is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University Before that he was a Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University where he taught for nearly a decade He earned his PhD and Masters of Arts degrees in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology wher.



10 thoughts on “Renegade Dreams

  1. Robertha Robertha says:

    Heartbreaking specific and especially enlightening to the extent disability is foregrounded and analyzed for its symbolic and cultural valence in communities plagued by gang violence this slim volume provides a detailed and multifaceted snapshot of community leadership and individual agency in North Lawndale The anti violence speeches of elder church leaders may be familiar enough from mainstream media coverage but these voices are contextualized thoughtfully by the author and stand in contrast to residents who recall and at times romanticize the civic minded past of their street gang and even younger residents who are either resolutely still with or no longer in gangs A rare clear headed conversation with various parties affected by street gangs Renegade Dreams both convincingly depicts some of the limits of interventions from without and celebrates the possibility of change from within


  2. Jessica Jessica says:

    45 starsI read this for an essay i was writing for social anthropology and i am so glad that i choose this ethnography It gave me an insight into a part of society that is often looked down upon as well as a new perspective on gang dominated areas I feel like this ethnography is incredible relevant in terms of the United States today and the current political climate If you have any interest in gangland chicago or the dynamics of gang culture in general this is a great read


  3. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    For the actual words of the people he interviewed I give a 4 star For all the rest of the book I wanted to give it a 2 or even a 1 So I gave it a 3 for the voices he uotes verbatim and their words put into uotesitalics at the beginnings of the chapters Although he does change their expressions of English words and much else of context when he changes the language itself that he uotes he admits this His interpretations of what he actually sees with his own eyes and hears and his answers to actions he views that are absolutely illegal? They are in majority off is one polite way to say it And than off are most of his solutions and some of his conclusions Most of those last are just straight out wrong He should have given the uoted narrators a complete voice in the manner and exactness of their speech and topics without interpreting and correlating data to parse the misery he sees so it made sense to himself and his own worldview and slanted ethnology He attempts to do analysis for the cultural importance of such things as shoes and foot ware And how this outward sign and importance to nuance translates to a nearly suicidal loyalty to a gangtribe and the symbols of support for that gang's neighborhood entity and power of self identity Or why that entity of gang replaces all other societal units to a gang member Or how and why a neighborhood or a government could possibly or adeuately support combine programs to replace family units as monetary emotional or nurturing foundations for the development of human childrenThe author should explain TIF to those who do not understand Chicago budgets and creative financing But then he doesn't himself understand TIF in the broader sense either Nor what that means to poor or striving service workers in numerous other 74 Chicago neighborhoods who actually pay into the systems and have gang or physical or school issues of vast deficiencies too of their own Nor the arguments for or against leaders' and adults' gang support by either side in Eastwood itself or the argument for those who are stuck in the middle like the Grandma'sof WHY this particular neighborhood of this size 12 mile by nearly 1 12 mile only is entitled to keep its integrity and sacrosanct identity when than 50% of the physical housing or buildings of any type commercial or non are unlivable half destroyed or mostly in burn out condition Other entire areas 2 or 3 times that size in better condition with central access value and citizen active property rights have been put into domain and taken repeatedly over the last 4 or 5 decades The maintained Old Italian neighborhood was completely decimated and taken for U of I Chicago Vintage and uniue Maxwell Street and that whole market area taken as well Most high rise death trap public housing gang warfare grounds have been knocked down too Sometimes replaced with affordable and mixed costs housing ranging to gentrified higher costs combined And yes many of those people displaced no longer live in Chicago but had to go farther from city center to public housing in wider Cook County What was wrong with that? Why is Eastwood important as an entity? It's a uestion never asked here by anybody nor considered by the author because that might lead to an uneual answer My family has been moved by domain once many others I know twice in two generations It's better to shoot it out in order to stand your neighborhood as intact? HuhI did not read the ebook I read the paperback edition If you are condoning and supporting the gang leadership and power in your neighborhood by using facilities that they supply and which you could not afford at any age of your life which is almost entirely coming out of money that is being taken from illegal activities how can you forbid their operational methods owning the streets and killing police OFTEN and their larger culture of hierarchy or intimidating habits? Sitting and lecturing from a wheelchair has little effect when that same person who is wise lecturer is race baiting and still using gang associations and compliance for various personal and individual advantages It's a DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO example to the max Which doesn't work for humans in behavior change conseuence And it works the least when there are no jobs or incentives to learn skills for jobs elsewhere out of the neighborhood when style and culture and method of gang and neighborhood are the perceived home and safe identityGangs use violence of every sort and illegal guns to achieve their paths of power and money grab associations Constantly Nearly all the Renegade Dreams were voiced in ideologies and idealist emotional verbiage deemed empathetic and first person inspirational Yet it is all words and almost no actions Work teams for tear down or physical labor base carpentry did not get far as working models for these dreams to become any portion of reality Nor did actuation of apprentice programs in three or four fields develop We worked in one program for truck tire service training that did work into a partial successful end for a hand full of diligent dreamers Dream talk is so much easier than real movement into a patterned action of steady and skilled labor The voice of the injured should be telling the uninjured to disdain this cultural acceptance of violence completely by aspiring to a change of living location over the insistence on neighborhood integrity at the least Didn't hear much of that at all in this book Even if they can't manage to contemplate this leaving option at least they could reject the style and vocal signaling messages of visualaudio gang culture and affinity for violent power play Some neighborhoods or institutions or towns need to conclude district identity for valid reasons To go to something better and safer with role models who don't hold codes in which violence is the prime defining unit could be one very valid reason


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    This was a reuired book for my college However I found it to be very intriguing and informative It gives the reader a new perspective on gang life and allows us to view victims as people


  5. Engi Engi says:

    my chosen ethnography for my anthro class really in depth and well written


  6. Martin Barron Martin Barron says:

    Not the book I was expecting but a great look into a part of Chicago few privileged people see


  7. Caressa Franklin Caressa Franklin says:

    Eye opening and uniue approach The final chapter packs many punches even as it is published right before the events surrounding the rise of the Black Lives Matter moment


  8. C3bridge C3bridge says:

    Great takeview from on the ground and in the community


  9. yb yb says:

    This is a very thoughtful and thorough ethnography by someone who took the time and was able to integrate into the community While the distinctions between the author and subjects was clear it is still important to recognize that Ralph came from a background that allowed him access to the subjects in a way that a less familiar grad student who would come across as a looky loo could notStill the book lacked a bit of the emotional connection that would make the tendency to respond to injury with injury understandable particularly when that is a theme that resonates throughout the book I don't think it is the role or the job of either the author or the subjects to explain that level of injury Still when the last chapter revolves around Derrion Albert it does beg for a bit context than we have gotten because it hurts that much


  10. Mills College Library Mills College Library says:

    3641066 R1637 2014


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