Project Title: The Shifting Landscapes of Adulthood, Masculinity, and Crime: A Case Study of a High-Reentry Community
Affiliated Faculty: Jamie J. Fader
Funding Agency: Vice-Provost’s Office, Temple University
Description: This study draws upon interviews with 60 men aged 25-34, a group often neglected in longitudinal studies, to learn their economic survival strategies, the role that crime and criminal justice play in their lives, and how they define manhood in a shifting structural and cultural terrain. I employ a purposive sample, comparing experiences of white, Black, and Latino men with differing levels of education. This design answers recent calls in life course criminology to explore differential offending trajectories across racial/ ethnic groups. Interviews are framed within ongoing participant observation in Frankford, which provides the neighborhood context for the findings. This high-crime, racially-diverse Philadelphia neighborhood is characterized by a great deal of “churn” caused by departing and returning prisoners, destabilizing the community and making social ties more challenging to establish. Criminal records and repeated interviews with a subsample of respondents are additional data sources. This in-depth ethnographic case study of men in one community will contribute to our knowledge of variations in criminal careers, as well as the body of research on survival strategies among the urban poor.