Two Investment and Pure Critique

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:
Two Investment and Pure Critique

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This chapter analyzes the variations in young peoples' understandings of their participation in crime and the Game of Outlaw. It examines the narratives of several young men in juvenile prison to indicate that young men participate in crime or the Game of Outlaw and agree on the rules and stakes of this game without having the same understanding of why they are involved. Many young men suggested that they had become involved in crime almost by accident or lack of parental support, or said that they wanted to fulfill material resources, while others said crime was the way of life for their family. This variation of understanding is correlated to an extent with racial differences among residents of juvenile prison, suggesting the close affinity (in residents' minds) between outsider masculinity and poor men of color. Black and Latino residents tend to speak of their participation in the Game of Outlaw as an expression of “who they really are,” whereas white residents are more likely to discuss participation.

Keywords: crime; juvenile prison; racial differences; Game of Outlaw; outsider masculinity

Chapter.  9115 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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