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These relations then led me to panhandlers, some of whom also sometimes scavenge and vend. There were men who were in various states of societal discordance, but not actually anti-social - in that they did not participate in vandalism or violent crime and sought to interact with the patrons in a way resembling affiliative discourse. Its members were all interrelated in some way, and they watched out for one another. There was a problem adding your email address. Not according to Mitchell Duneier, who in Sidewalk describes the carefully ordered, moral world of street vendors in Greenwich Village by Charles Davis January 26, Mitchell Duneier, in his new book, Sidewalk, recounts the story of Robert F. But Duneier doesn't claim to offer a panacea for the problems of the American city. When I got home, I looked it up: The social structure of sidewalk life hangs partly on what can be called self-appointed public characters. At the bottom of the structure were the drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang members who not only avoided any affiliation with the "formal economy" of the business district, but indeed participated in antagonistic behavior toward it. Nor can I hope to show how the sidewalk works in low-income neighborhoods where the majority of tense sidewalk interactions occur among members of the same class or racial group.

Christopher Caldwell offers a scenario of how Bush could become a loser. I carried out more than twenty interviews with people working the sidewalk in which I explicitly asked them to tell me their "story. Sometimes, when I wanted to understand how the local political system had shaped these blocks, I did my interviews at the offices of Business Improvement Districts, politicians, and influential attorneys.

Still they rankle and are often the object of police harassment and government sanctions. But there are differing interpretations of what qualifies as an "honest living. Duneier asserts that the people on Sixth Avenue, in their struggle to lead respectable, moral lives in a world that's fundamentally hostile to them, are part of the solution to social evils, not the root of the problem.

Some see the people working the sidewalk as a sign of the sort of disorder Wilson was talking about.

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In this respect, Duneier's study is as specific as the particularly ethnic community in Barbara Myerhoff's Number Our Days. Unlike most places in the United States, where people do their errands in cars, the people of Greenwich Village do many, if not most, of their errands by walking.

They are not an aimless gathering of down-and-outers, but a complex world of norms and self-regulation, of variegated attitudes and self-images.

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SIDEWALK by Mitchell Duneier