That moment was one of Duneier's inspirations to spend years studying--getting to know, really--Hakim and other book and magazine vendors on his patch of Sixth Avenue. Sidewalk explains much about the street vendors: How did this become legal? Where do vendors obtain their merchandise? How do they interact with potential customers? When do they find time to go to the bathroom (and, for that matter, where do they go)? But it's ultimately about the people themselves--quoted at length from Duneier's tape-recorded interviews and photographed by Ovie Carter--as they do their best to live successfully on their own terms, with all the good and bad consequences that entail. Some of these people (almost all men) are drug addicts, yes, and some of them choose to live as "unhoused" individuals. But many of them find a strong sense of purpose and identity in their work and choose to live in ways that best facilitate that work; they are as motivated--more, perhaps--as workers holding "respectable" office jobs. Nonacademic readers may glaze over at some of Duneier's longer explanations of his methodology, and he seems occasionally overapologetic when quoting the uncensored language of his subjects, but few books succeed at plunging the reader into a community and delineating the character of its members as Sidewalk does. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was required reading for an anthropology class, but it was actually an awesome read. Wonderfully insightful an honest, hard to read on just a scholastic level.Published 14 months ago by patrice
Duneier gives you a glimpse of what street life is really like and a lot of it does NOT match your typical stereotype. Give it a read and expand your horizons.Published 16 months ago by Spinner Dolphin
The writing style is very useful to maintaining interests in the subject manner, and the author dosen't just throw terminology and theories at the reader.Published 16 months ago by Jesus Valle
NEEDED THIS FOR ONE OF MY CLASSES AND YOU HAD IT FOR SUCH A GREAT DEAL, YOU SAVED ME A LOT OF MONEY, THAX AGAIN.Published 17 months ago by Robbin
It's an interesting read, both academically and for entertainment. I feel like this text perfectly supplements the sociological concepts discussed in class.Published 20 months ago by Amazonian Girl