Tapping into The Wire: The Real Urban Crisis

Tapping into The Wire: The Real Urban Crisis

by Peter L. Beilenson, Patrick A. McGuire
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1421407507

ISBN-13: 9781421407500

Pub. Date: 08/15/2012

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between inner-city poverty and drug-related violence. Past Baltimore

Overview

Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between inner-city poverty and drug-related violence. Past Baltimore City health commissioner Peter Beilenson teams up with former Baltimore Sun reporter Patrick A. McGuire to deliver a compelling, highly readable examination of urban policy and public health issues affecting cities across the nation. Each chapter recounts scenes from episodes of the HBO series, placing the characters' challenges into the broader context of public policy.

A candid interview with the show’s co-creator David Simon reveals that one of the intentions of the series is to expose gross failures of public institutions, including criminal justice, education, labor, the news media, and city government. Even if readers haven’t seen the series, the book’s detailed summaries of scenes and characters brings them up to speed and engages them in both the story and the issues. With a firm grasp on the hard truths of real-world problems, Tapping into 'The Wire' helps undo misconceptions and encourage a dialogue of understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421407500
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2012
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
649,352
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword A Conversation with David Simon, Creator of The Wire Patrick A. McGuire ix

Chapter 1 The New Public Health Crisis: Wallace's World 3

Chapter 2 Heroin Central: The Street Life of Bubbles, Mario, and Johnny 19

Chapter 3 Losing the War on Drugs: The Pit versus the Police 33

Chapter 4 Medicalize or Legalize: Hamsterdam 47

Chapter 5 Needle Exchange and the AIDS Dilemma: Sticking It to "the Bug" 61

Chapter 6 Treatment on Demand as a Strategy: Walon's Success Story 77

Chapter 7 School Performance and the MIA Parent: The Tragedy of Dukie's Education 93

Chapter 8 Teenage Pregnancy and STDs: Shardene's Escape 109

Chapter 9 Firepower: Snoop's Beretta, Avon's Heckler, and Omar's Mossberg 123

Chapter 10 Place Matters: Why Didn't Bodie Just Leave? 135

Chapter 11 Of Paint and Guns: Did Omar Die of Lead Poisoning? 149

Chapter 12 Obese Yet Malnourished: The Weighty Contradiction of Prop Joe 161

Chapter 13 Public Health and Politics: The Promise and Peril of Tommy Carcetti 169

Epilogue Learning from The Wire: Practicing Politics to Practice Medicine 179

Cast of Characters 189

Notes 193

Index 207

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