Wrong Place, Wrong Time Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men

ISBN-10: 0801893631
ISBN-13: 9780801893636
Edition: 2009
Authors: John A. Rich
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Medical school taught John A. Rich how to deal with physical trauma in a big city hospital but not with the disturbing fact that young black men were daily shot, stabbed, and beaten. This is Rich's account of his personal search to find sense in the juxtaposition of his life and theirs.Young black men in cities are overwhelmingly the victims -- and perpetrators -- of violent crime in the United States. Troubled by this tragedy -- and by his medical colleagues' apparent numbness in the face of it -- Rich, a black man who grew up in relative safety and comfort, reached out to many of these young crime victims to learn why they lived in a seemingly endless cycle of violence and how it affected them. The stories they told him are unsettling -- and revealing about the reality of life in the urban ghettos of America.Mixing his own perspective with their seldom-heard voices, Rich relates the stories of young black men whose lives were violently disrupted -- and their struggles to heal and remain safe in an environment that both denied their trauma and blamed them for their injuries. He tells us of people such as Roy, a former drug dealer who fought to turn his life around and found himself torn between the ease of returning to the familiarity of life on the violent streets of Boston and accepting the tenuous promise of a new, less dangerous one.Rich's poignant portrait humanizes young black men and illustrates the complexity of a situation that defies easy answers and solutions.

Preface
Introduction
Kari in Pain
Roy in Prerelease
Jimmy in the Hospital
Jimmy in the Street
In the Wrong Place
A Stone in the Heart
Roy in D.C.
Kari in the Clinic
Mark in the Neighborhood
Kari in His Grandmother's House
Jimmy in Jail
Roy in the Pizzeria
Roy Back in Touch
Roy Settles In
Conclusion
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Note on Sources

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