Sociological Analysis Of Sidewalk

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Race and Diversity 31 October 2011 Sidewalk While reading Mitchell Duneier’s novel, “Sidewalk,” I was struck with a whirlwind of different emotions from not only the words, but from the photographs as well. Although they were just simple pictures of every day life for these people, they spoke a thousand words. The photograph that truly struck me the most however, was the one on page 53. It’s simple to look at, but given some thought it genuinely details the everyday struggle these street vendors face. A black man, more than likely homeless, is covering his table of goods with a plastic sheet while the rain comes poring down. It may not seem like an extremely interesting photo, however it shows the everyday struggle these people had to face. They weren’t lounging in comfortable chairs in Armani suits on the 24th floor of some fancy office building. They weren’t even standing behind the counter of a dingy corner book store. Instead, these men were leaning on unsteady collapsable tables garnished with books and other objects they mostly found lying in trash cans. When the rain…show more content…
For instance, police officers would begin cracking down on smaller crimes such as kicking vendors out of unissued areas in the hopes that it would somehow eliminate drug sales or theft. Because of this theory, many people were getting in trouble by the law for things they previously did without thinking twice. I think that in short term, this theory can truly be beneficial because of its hands on action. However, in the long run, crime will happen no matter what because people will rebel due to the strictness of these officers. This theory has gotten much support, but because of its intensity it has also received some criticism. This is where Duneier offers a different method, “fixed

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