Sidewalk. Mitchell Duneier, Author, Ovie Carter, Photographer Farrar Straus Duneier infiltrated a stretch of lower Sixth Avenue frequented by scavengers. An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us Duneier spent five years with these individuals, and in Sidewalk he argues that. Sociologist Duneier, author of Slim’s Table, offers an accessible and Duneier spent five years with these individuals, and in Sidewalk he argues that, contrary.

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Any day along Sixth Avenue in the Village, rows of tables congest the sidewalk, piled with reading material for saleā€”from new books to old magazines skdewalk from Dumpsters.

The sellers are mostly black duneiee many are homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics. Some in the neighborhood accept them as part of the scene, more view them as a threat to the quality of life of the area and a magnet for crime.


They are not an aimless gathering of down-and-outers, but a complex dunfier of norms and self-regulation, of variegated attitudes and self-images. Still they rankle and are often the object of police harassment and government sanctions.

Why this is so involves an intricate pas de deux between sidewlk street people and residents. Because, for example, they assume with good reason they will not be allowed to use public facilities, the street people urinate in the street.

Because the street people urinate in the street, local merchants assume they are not the type of people to be allowed into their establishments.

And on and on. Underlying all of this, Duneier argues carefully, is the fear of black men in social spaces.

His aim is to have us really begin to see such men. In this, he is ably assisted by the numerous photographs by Pulitzer-winner Ovie Carter illustrating the people, places, and predicaments of which Duneier writes. A work that adds much to our understanding of race, poverty, and our reactions to sidewall. There was a problem adding your email address.


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