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When a heart turns rock solid : the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers on and off the streets

Author: Timothy Black
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Employing a sociological storytelling method, Black, associate professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, recounts the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers living in poor, gang-dominated Springfield, Mass., whom he befriended and followed for 18 years. The book is not so much about the brothers--Julio, Fausto and Sammy--and their friends as it is about the cultural and social forces and the economic and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Black, Timothy.
When a heart turns rock solid.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009
(OCoLC)755260990
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Black
ISBN: 9780307377746 0307377741
OCLC Number: 261342071
Description: xxxviii, 421 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "I'm a Jíbaro, but I get my hair cut in the city" --
The lost generation --
Bilingual education and the school dropout --
The tail of the drug trade --
The block --
Leaving the streets --
Transitions --
The prison pipeline --
Rebel without a cause --
When a heart turns rock solid --
Good and bad.
Responsibility: Timothy Black.
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Employing a sociological storytelling method, Black, associate professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, recounts the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers living in poor, gang-dominated Springfield, Mass., whom he befriended and followed for 18 years. The book is not so much about the brothers--Julio, Fausto and Sammy--and their friends as it is about the cultural and social forces and the economic and political policies that in the latter decades of the 20th century determined the boys' fates and the fates of thousands of others. Flawed bilingual education programs doomed them to virtual illiteracy, while harsh drug laws warehoused them in a rapidly expanding prison system. While the author provided concrete forms of assistance--especially for the two younger brothers, who battled addiction--the pull of the street as well as the inadequacy of their education led to failed or marginally productive lives, even for the motivated eldest son, Julio.

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