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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801893631

ISBN-13: 9780801893636

Pub. Date: 10/21/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Medical school taught John 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

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Overview

Medical school taught John 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 American cities.

Mixing his own perspective with their seldom-heard voices, Rich relates the stories of young black men whose lives were violently disrupted—and of 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 the tenuous promise of accepting 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.

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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:
1,380,310
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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