The Hidden TREWTH and the Possibility of Critical Practice

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:
The Hidden TREWTH and the Possibility of Critical Practice

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Some young men and women at juvenile correctional facilities such as the Rhode Island Training School work to reconcile the two games, the Game of Outlaw and the Game of Law. However, the structural tension between the two games exists because of the opportunities and constraints of each. This tension creates new possibilities for reflection on and the transformation of each game, leading to the development of critical practice among the residents of juvenile correctional facilities. This chapter focuses on the critical practice, which is a second-order understanding of both games, an ability to see each as a “hustle” while not letting either dictate one's activity unconsciously. The goals of young men engaging in critical practice are no longer unrecognized aspirations for masculinity. Rather, young men engaged in critical practice seem to explore what it would mean to posit their own goals self-consciously. Instead of competing with one another over who can be the most masculine, they begin to think collectively and strategically about how to live their lives and how to address their common challenges.

Keywords: critical practice; juvenile correctional facilities; masculinity; Game of Law; Game of Outlaw

Chapter.  6667 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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