Outsider Masculinity and the Game of Outlaw

Adam D. Reich

in Hidden Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262669
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947788 | DOI:
Outsider Masculinity and the Game of Outlaw

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This chapter examines the rules that seem to guide all young men's participation in crime or the Game of Outlaw. Through playing the Game of Outlaw, young men enact an outsider masculinity that is outside the boundaries of the law and which defines masculinity as something displayed on the outside of men's bodies, and through one's toughness in everyday interaction. The standardized rules of the Game of Outlaw have an agreement not to contact the police; to grant respect to those among them who are able to get money, regardless of how it has been acquired; that particular groups use particular symbols to identify themselves as members; that “turf” will be respected and that violence will result when it is not; and to separate, by and large, the brutality of crime from the family lives to which young people often return at the end of the day. Loyalty is fundamental to many young men involved in crime, and money and power are the currencies with which respect can be bought.

Keywords: outsider masculinity; young men; crime; loyalty; Game of Outlaw

Chapter.  9883 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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