Getting Paid

Dalton Conley

in Honky

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921733 | DOI:
Getting Paid

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The author describes what he learned from stealing a comic book and two Reggie bars from a luncheonette and from spending his emergency shoe money. He relates his punishment to work off the money he had taken from his shoe money fund and the cost of the Reggie bars. He was thrilled to have earned his own money and asked his parents if he could work for money all the time. He realized that his theft had worked out for the best and instead of repeating it, he was channelled into the world of work. He considered that if he had learned about class distinction in his first two years of commuting across town, now he was being taught the contradictions and ironies of class mobility. Having been taught not to steal by his mother and the luncheonette woman, he was now being told it was not okay to work for money for reasons brought about by his principal' rhetorical questioning of using child labor during school hours.

Keywords: stealing; work; class distinction; contradictions; ironies; class mobility; child labor

Chapter.  3728 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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