This ethnography by Bourgoi is quite deep. I’ve always heard about the underground drug-hustle and crack game, however, it is very grotesquely captured in this writing.
I couldn’t help but think of Kanye West’s “Crack Music” track as well as Jay Z’s pre-rapper hustles as a crack dealer.
Its hard to comprehend that such a social system exists, where violence is the currency & order of the day… but given my previous acquaintance with the notions of “ethnocentrism”, “cultural relativism” etc. It is much easier to begin to understand how this way of life can be a norm to people. As Bourgois mentions, everyone is in search for the attainment of the American dream, in their own contexts.
"I don’t have any good ideas"
That’s a common mantra among those that say that they want to leap, but haven’t, and aren’t, and won’t.
What they’re actually saying is, “I don’t have any ideas that are guaranteed to work, and not only that, are guaranteed to cause no criticism or moments when I’m sure the whole thing is going to fall apart.”
Seth Godin, wise as ever, tells it like it is.
To solve this paradox, he wrote a wonderful children’s book for grownups about vulnerability and the creative life.(via explore-blog)