On the Run Fugitive Life in an American City PDF/EPUB


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  1. says:

    I'll start this off with a compliment Alice Goffman is a phenomenal writer She tells stories and weaves a narrative that paints a vivid image of urban poverty crime and the failings of the criminal justice system in a striking and captivating way and deserves credit for that This book reads uickly and is fairly enjoyable given the subject matterThe problem is in her methodology and the choices she made in writing this book Goffman is a sociologist and in spite of reading like it was written for a mass market audience this is putatively a social science research text Goffman almost completely lacks any kind of reflexive thinking about her own status identity and privilege relative to her research subjects She freuently includes gratuitous information about her informants without a clear connection to her arguments about mass incarceration and punitive police policies These details serve only to scandalize the reader at best and at worst they have the potential to reinforce negative racial stereotypes some readers may bring into reading this textAs a social science book On the Run lacks a clear theoretical framework Anyone familiar with research ethics who reads her almost 100 page methodological note at the end will recognize serious and glaring concerns that are largely unaddressed in the main text of the book Although the writing is phenomenal the book as a whole is deeply problematic and should be read critically


  2. says:

    This is it This book perfectly encapsulates what is wrong with our society It shows what is wrong with the war in drugs the stop and frisk laws and the error of having intimidate and arrest be our go to response to societal and economic problems Read this


  3. says:

    On the Run is an incredibly authentic look at an emblematic neighborhood in Philly where than half the men at some point have a warrant out for their arrest causing them to be on the run On the run from the police On the run from parole officers On the run from the courts On the run from girlfriends On the run from those who would use their vulnerability to victimize themThis is the world behind the statistical sketch Alice Goffman paints in her preface Briefly the US locks up five to nine times people than western Europe More than in Russia or China excluding Stalin's reign And it's the Black communities suffering the bruntBlacks who make up 13% of the population account for 37% of the prison population 10% of black men are behind bars compared with 1% for whites 60% of Blacks who do not finish high school will go to prisonAll of this is well known and has been known for than three decades What Goffman does is bring the reader face to face with people caught in this cycle She follows a group of young men in whose neighborhood she lived and shared their lives for six years while a studentShe introduces us to Chuck His predicament with the law begins after a scuffle on the playground in high school It sets in motion the cycle described in the statistics above He does time for it Upon release he's denied re admittance to high school because he's turned 19 A chippy arrest follows for failing to appear in court Chuck is on the runThere is an art to running Chapter one begins with Chuck teaching his 12 year old brother how to run not to a relative's house the cops armed with enhanced technology know places the refugee freuents It's to a church lady's house ultimately In addition to Chuck Goffman introduces us to four other friends with legal entanglements It's these entanglements and the subseuent running from them that form the warp and weave of their world and the world of their familiesRunning from the police is an art that according to Goffman resulted in 58% of the men succeeding in eluding the police despite the fact that the enforcement officers devote up to five suad cars in one instance to pick up one suspect on a minor chargeMore than 70% of the time the police had no idea who it was they were chasing in instances where the target escapedRunning reuires the ability to spot police well in advanceFor those who have done time and report to a parole officer running from the parole officer also becomes an issue In a uite humorous anecdote Goffman recounts the instance of Jevon a born natural actor who develops a business on the side by taking curfew calls from parole officers In addition to parroting his client's voice he is briefed on identifying information the parole officer reuests to ensure he has the right subject It may seem like a lot of trouble to go to but the penalty for missing curfew in the chippy world of law enforcement in the Black community is two yearsThe author herself is caught up and subjected to what might be considered enhanced interrogation It's what the women of men on the lam suffer midnight raids with their living uarters turned upside down and subjection to intimidation to reveal the whereabouts of their sonsOf course those caught up in these legal entanglements cannot go to the law for protection or to register grievances Others know this and take advantage In once instance a boy's car is torched because he's late in making a payment to a drug dealer In another one of the boys is mistaken for someone else and beaten severely suffering injuries that have been with him into his adult life He refused medical treatment at the hospital because a parole violation would be filed against him for curfew violationIn one instance however the boys in the hood sought the protection of incarceration by turning themselves in to the law to avoid a shooting war that broke out One even asked his parole officer for a urine test he knew he would failThis is well worth the read to better understand the numbers that are all too familiar


  4. says:

    Working as an appellate defender ie an attorney who represents indigent criminal defendants on appeals gives one an interesting perspective on life in the inner city I’ve read hundreds of trial transcripts and looked at lots of photos and videos getting a partial but distanced look at a clientele whose lives are vastly different than mine Sociologist Alice Goffman’s new book is a field study that sheds light and fills in gaps in my knowledge about the lives of the young black men that are the primary clients of public defenders in urban areas Goffman spent over six years with a group of young men and mothers and sisters etc whose lives are spent in constant fear of arrest and harassment by the police This explains the word ‘fugitive’ in the book's title Goffman notes that ghettos are no longer ignored by police Instead due to the tough on crime approach now prevalent the police are a constant presence in the lives of young men who do not get adeuate educational and vocational opportunities Considering this is an academic work Goffman is a surprisingly good writer Each chapter takes on a different aspect of what she encountered What she establishes is that the government through laws and policies has created poor communities where the police are not trusted and a residual effect is that it’s hard for anyone to trust anyone In an environment where fear is constant and so many young men have no chance to better their lot respect becomes a key factor in how people interact with each other This creates a world where citizens take matters into their own hands because the police have no legitimacyIn this world people don’t bother to learn each others surnames thus you don’t have information to turn over to the police if you get shot you try to avoid going to the hospital because the police might execute a warrant and they you can get a warrant for the most minor things and you are constantly finding a new place to crash hoping to avoid a raid on where you would normally live Because it’s an academic work there are some repetitious parts and long summaries that aren’t really necessary But what Goffman brings to light is so important as this book provides so much insight into what is wrong with our justice system and how we treat poor African Americans This book confirmed some things that I thought I knew or suspected and further illuminated things that I would find strange when reading transcripts Behavior that seems odd to someone raised in a middle class suburb makes sense now Goffman adds a whole section where she explains how the project came about and provides background on how she conducted this study that adds a lot to the book This is essential reading


  5. says:

    This is a great book I hope a lot of people read it and get educated on what's happening in segregated low income black neighborhoods and in turn I hope that enacts policy change I'd heard about the 'new jim crow' before but didn't know much about it I assumed it was activist language threaded with a bit of truth for instance I knew POC were much likely to be charged with drug possession than whites but Goffman's years long research and observation draws into focus how accurate that term is our justice system actively works against people who have very little to begin with This books is written in a research style So it's somewhat jarring when highly emotional things happen and they're dealt with dryly with little pause for reflection This is somewhat compensated for by the appendix where Goffman describes her personal experienceThat said I read it in two days couldn't put it down


  6. says:

    I dinged this one star because there is a bit too much repetition of the lessons learned at the end of each chapter I suspect that is because about 23 of this book is a dissertation But the author is an excellent reporter of what it is like for people of color in the inner city in Philadelphia and in addition the final third of the book about what it was like for her personally to become so immersed in this experience is very powerful Anyone who cares about The New Jim Crow and the impact it is having in the US should read this book but in addition it is worth reading to the end because the author was so transformed by her research and conveys so clearly how that felt


  7. says:

    A very engaging ethnography as a college student the author moved to the inner city and spent her time hanging out with a group of young black men often on the run from the law The book is a good look into how heavy policing affects all aspects of individual and community life And the author is a good storyteller so it makes for engaging reading Since she writes about one social network it's hard to tell how representative this is and I think the criticism that the author herself got in too deep is probably valid She also contradicts herself a few times Still it is worth reading


  8. says:

    I devoured this 260 page book in two days Coincidentally my library reuest for it came through just as I was finishing Behind the Beautiful Forevers and I thought the two would make for an interesting comparison In a way they are uite similar works immersive works by women about a culture not their own But while Katherine Boo hides the stitching in her work—erasing her own presence and narrating events as if her book were a novel Goffman's book is first and foremost an academic work of sociology and she is uite forthright about her own presence as a participant observer even concluding the book with a 50 page Methodological Note that explains how she got involved in the project and how the experience has affected her This appendix to the book ends up being an absolutely stunning gripping conclusion a kind of meta document that makes the whole book feel all the real Goffman's aim in the book is to provide an on the ground look at mass incarceration and its accompanying systems of policing and surveillance Having started immersing herself in a ghettoized Black Philadelphia neighborhood in college when she gets to graduate school at Princeton she realizes that she was documenting the massive expansion of criminal justice intervention into the lives of poor Black families in the United States Alex Kotlowitz in his NY Times review expresses disappointment that the people with whom she spends her time don't emerge as fully fleshed out characters as perhaps one might say the people do in Boo's book Goffman's book is structured as an argument backed up with anecdotes drawn from her astoundingly in depth field work and observations Though the people's identities and even the name of their neighborhood have been changed unlike in Boo's book I think that they actually do come across pretty vividly Indeed some of the examples in the book have the resonant drama I associate with the short stories of Edward P Jones I'm thinking of the story of Mr George Chuck's grandfather; and of Miss Deena the Penn cafeteria manager who was Goffman's first contact in her research To sum up I found this to be an immensely fascinating book reminiscent of Beryl Satter's Family Properties in its blending of the academic and the personal but ultimately uniue and I expect unforgettable


  9. says:

    This book is garbage and here's a far succinct summary of why than I could ever produce


  10. says:

    It is hard for me to begin a book and not finish it usuallyGoffman's immersion into life in the crime ridden Sixth Street of urban poor Philly is beautiful especially the mutuality and genuineness of her remarkably uncommon friendships Goffman makes bold I assume accurate infreuently told claims about incarceration rates in the USA She states that arrest rates were basically the same in the USA until about 1970 approximately 1 in 1000 Today the rate is about 1 in 107 She states that our rate of incarceration is unparalleled among contemporary developed nations To find similar rates one must look across the timeline to dictatorial oppressors like Stalin This is troubling and calls for analysis and change But what needs to change?In the early chapters of her book she repeatedly details the expansion of warrant departments in law enforcement Her thesis seems to be that ever expanding intrusive police tactics prevent many who are born into poverty from even having a chance in life they're destined for prison or a life on the run However her own meticulous first hand reporting of these men's day to day lives details their freuent criminal actions Causality is always hard to prove Why are so many in the USA being locked up? I don't have any experience in this arena but it seems to me that those who deal drugs steal lie to the police about their own names etc need a reformation of the heart not of the police precinctMy point is not that her thesis is false as it misses the mark I have not finished this book


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  • Hardcover
  • 277 pages
  • On the Run Fugitive Life in an American City
  • Alice Goffman
  • English
  • 15 August 2016
  • 9780226136714