Analysis Of The Hood

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The Hood, a Developed Culture of Isolation In the United States of America, the general path to becoming a successful adult begins at an early stage in life and continues, typically, until the age of 18 when one is able to positively contribute to society. During this period, we are constantly molding our future through the cultural influences of the environment surrounding us, obtaining an education provided through grade school, and expanding upon our socialization skills. Therefore, a productive culture, adequate education, and the ability to adapt socially are all vital building blocks needed to finish our path to success. Raised in a community that harbors an isolative culture unconducive to success, those born in “The Hood”, a community…show more content…
Instead of helping, the public housing programs further concentrated the African-American community and “those who remained in the ghetto tended to become more distant” (Anderson), having access to an adequate education, resources required to obtain jobs, and also lacking protection under the law as violence grew daily amongst its inhabitants. Since “Socialization is the way in which people learn the norms and values found in their society, develop social skills, and participate in societal roles that will be continued throughout their lifetime” (Koepke)the “economic and social isolation emerged from the ghetto” (Hart)and in a sense cut its members off from the “real”…show more content…
Violence being extremely prevalent is not only a way of life but also the key to success in the hood. In an interview Tupac Shakur looked back on his life growing up in which, Shakur identified three stages of establishing respect on the street: 1) building a reputation through violence, 2) building name recognition in relation to a gang so the member’s name and his gang become synonymous, and 3) establishing an active work ethic, i.e., daily and routine participation in violence (as cited by Richardson) “Violence is the result of alienation and marginalization from mainstream labor opportunities” (as cited by Richardson). Due to this marginalization from mainstream labor opportunities and a lack of resources in urban communities a “subculture[s]…where an underground and illegal economy has provided both the social and economic means for young Black men to survive” (as cited by Richardson) has

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