Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative

1. According to the reading, “Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative,” what were the underlying reasons for the increase number of crack addiction, murder and prison rate among the Puerto Rican population in East Harlem New York? Why do you think Puerto Rican men are unable to hold legal service-sector jobs? Do you think the Puerto Rican culture encourages young men to participate in the underground drug economy? If so how?
2. By reading “Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative,” explain why some high school students dropped out of school to become a factory worker. Additionally, Bourgois argues that Puerto Rican men feel “degraded” working in the New York’s service economy. Is this true or false? Explain why.

 

 

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