What does the book say regarding "ghetto related behavior"?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Without a specific text being mentioned, the best that can be done is to address the term "ghetto related behavior."  From this, you can make applications to the text in question.  When examined in literature, "ghetto related behavior" relates to choices made and actions taken that are reflective of a specific sociological context.  For example, in his work in the field, sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that "ghetto related behavior" is a reflection of the lack of economic opportunity in the American inner city.  Wilson has argued that the shift in a economic reality has resulted in the "disappearance of low-skilled work opportunities, the "decline of the mass production system in the US."  The result of this has been a brutal rise in unemployment and opportunity in the urban setting, helping to create what is seen as a ghetto of existence.  Thinkers like Wilson believe that "ghetto related behavior" is represented in the realities of "fatherless children born out of wedlock, drugs, crime, gang violence, hopelessness" and "high high school dropout rates."  "Ghetto related behavior" are the implications of an economic approach that has empowered the very few and crushed the reality of many living in what is commonly termed as "the ghetto."  It is the result of "when work disappears."  Wilson makes the argument that "ghetto related behavior" is not something actively chosen.  Rather, it is a reflection of the economic conditions that envelop the individual and their world.  Thinkers like Wilson are very nuanced in suggesting that economic structure can play a direct role in individual behavior and action. 

The realities that exist in many sectors of American urban cities is what can be seen as "Ghetto related behavior."  They are the conditions that define life for so many.  While some would simply look at the conditions that exist and say, "That's ghetto," it requires some level of sophisticated analysis.  Thinking individuals have to look at problems such as crime, gang involvement, school dropout rates, hopelessness, as family structure as reflective of economic opportunity and reality.  Thinkers like Wilson use the term "ghetto related behavior" to indicate how economic reality can have a strong impact on the life individuals lead and the conditions that define it.  In this sense, "ghetto related behavior" refers to a way of life that is reflective of material reality.

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user396107 | (Level 2) Honors

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Well I am not quite clear on what book or books where referring to, so I will just talk in general terms. 'ghetto related behaviour' can easily be understood if you broke each word up. ghettos refer to the lower economic society and related behaviour refers to a behaviour that is known with that community or group or society. 

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