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

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

by John A. Rich
     
 

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.

Rich's poignant portrait humanizes young black men and illustrates the

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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.

Rich's poignant portrait humanizes young black men and illustrates the complexity of a situation that defies easy answers and solutions.

"John Rich joins the ranks of Rachel Carson, Michael Harrington and Ralph Nader for bringing attention to a pervasive social problem with a fresh perspective and warranted urgency."— Publishers Weekly

"A concise yet powerful examination of urban violence from the perspectives of those on the receiving end."— Philadelphia Inquirer

"Powerful... Scholar-practitioners like Dr. John Rich are helping find the answers we urgently need to better understand the cycle of violence and save our children from being its next victims."—Marian Wright Edelman, Huffington Post

"Rich does not sugarcoat the cycle of violence or portray the African-American men who populate the book as saints. Rich does hold out hope, however slim, that understanding that all human beings have more commonalities than divergences could make a difference."— Raleigh News and Observer

"Written in a style that would make an accomplished novelist proud, the attention to detail is remarkable. Rich takes the reader with him on a voyage of discovery as he interviews each subject. The case studies are punctuated with his honest, insightful and informed reflections as he recounts the real-life experiences of young black men and their search for a way out of their almost impossible lifestyles."— Nursing Standard

"Those of us who spend time tracking violence and its impact on every aspect of life in urban America—as well as anyone with an ounce of humanity—ought to be thrilled to see a book like Wrong Place, Wrong Time come along. It looks beyond the gunplay, offering a window on urban violence by putting faces with the cold statistics and presenting stories in the victims' own words."— Washington Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893636
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
961,464
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H., is the chair of and a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, where he is also the director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. A 2006 MacArthur Fellow, Rich founded the Young Men's Health Clinic in Boston and is the former medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2009.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Kari in Pain 6

2 Roy in Prerelease 24

3 Jimmy in the Hospital 39

4 Jimmy in the Street 68

5 In the Wrong Place 73

6 A Stone in the Heart 83

7 Roy in D.C. 111

8 Kari in the Clinic 124

9 Mark in the Neighborhood 136

10 Kari in His Grandmother's House 145

11 Jimmy in Jail 151

12 Roy in the Pizzeria 170

13 Roy Back in Touch 179

14 Roy Settles In 185

Conclusion 196

Epilogue 202

Acknowledgments 207

Note on Sources 211

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