King Kong On 4th Street: Families And The Violence Of Poverty On The Lower East Side, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

King Kong On 4th Street

Families And The Violence Of Poverty On The Lower East Side, 1st Edition

By Jagna Wojcicka Sharff


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In King Kong on 4th Street, Jagna Sharff chronicles an ethnographic team's involvement over a span of fifteen years with the people of a poor, largely Puerto Rican neighborhood in New York City. Anchoring her observations in field notes, she recounts the joys, fears, and disappointments of daily life as well as the drama of large events. Arson, the

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1 You Can Hear the Birds Singing, 2 Dancing, 3 Homing Pigeons, 4 A Gentle Young Man, 5 Chulito Flying, 6 Victoria's Baptism, Reflection 1: Small Creatures, 7 Blue Bayou, Reflection 2: Slipknots and Lariats, 8 A Dream -Come-True Apartment with a 1949 Stove, 9 Summertime, 10 Sometimes the War Close to Home Is the Most Difficult to See, 11 The Day of the Big Gun, 12 A Death Foretold, 13 Settling a Blood Feud, 14 King Kong on 4th Street, 15 I, Miguel Valiente, 16 Jail, Jail, All Your Life Jail, Epilogue: Walking My Baby

About the Author

The late Jagna Wojcicka Sharff taught anthropology at City College, City University of New York, and in its affiliated centre for Worker Education.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General