Goffman spends six years of college and graduate school living in an impoverished, segregated neighborhood of Philadelphia and On the Run tells the story of what she observed and experienced. She spends most of her time with a group of local guys who are regularly in and out of trouble with the police and documents the effects of the justice system on their lives – ways that most readers would never imagine.
Read why visiting a hospital, attending a funeral, or showing up for work is an incredibly risky proposition for these men. She draws an interesting contrast between the abandonment of these types of neighborhoods by law enforcement for many decades versus the hyper-vigilant police state that exists now – a contrast that drew national attention after the events in Ferguson this summer. The book has been the subject of much controversy since publication, so come see what the fuss is about and make up your mind for yourself – it’s shockingly readable for an academic book and will make you think to boot.
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