Social Inequality in Sidewalk

2613 WordsJul 11, 201811 Pages
The book Sidewalk, by Mitchell Duneier, touches on an extreme amount of social inequality issues and things that go on in an everyday urban society. He is a sociologist that wanted a personal inside look on what the people of the “sidewalk” go through in their mundane lives. The book itself, is a layout, better yet a portrait of these people’s or “vendors” experiences. Duneier wastes no time trying to dig deep into the problems that the people on the street have to go through. For instance, living conditions, hunger, and family issues while he also touches on bigger problems such as race, class, work, informal economy, social stratification, addiction, and gender issues. I believe Duneier's reasoning for writing and publishing this book is…show more content…
He needs the money bad so he agrees to do it but This is alienation and inequality because Butteroll is doing something for Mudrick, yet Mudrick is only giving him 4 dollars of the profit. He is alienating himself from his fellow workers by cheating them and having them do more work that he’s more than capable of doing for little to no money at all. While he is also alienating Butteroll from the work itself. “Production process controls the worker” (Marx, Lecture 4). Another prime example of alienation is how the vendors don’t have the money to buy anything that they are selling such as the magazines. They can’t buy anything in them, yet they are selling them to get money. This connects to Marx’s 2nd rule of alienation. “Alienation from product itself”... “The end product seems foreign and out of control”(Marx, Lecture 4). The workers can work all they want but they only make a little money everyday on the street to get them food and to take care of their families if there lucky. “Work becomes a commodity” (Marx, Lecture 4). Work becomes a need for these people, which is why they result to the street because they need any money that they can make. Another form of alienation seen in the book is that the vendors are alienated from any other type of jobs or work that doesn’t entail being on the street. People look at them as dirty, useless people but in reality, society is the one that makes them this way. They are on the streets because society doesn’t allow them
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