By Peter Jukes

A amazing meditation at the topography of the fashionable urban, A Shout on the street bargains an in depth and delicate exam of 4 city landscapes--London, Paris, Leningrad, and big apple. Peter Jukes pursues the essence of those foreign metropolises in an assemblage constructed from his personal evocative essays, excerpts from glossy masters of the essay shape akin to Benjamin, Barthes, and Sontag, and interval pictures. A Shout on the street, with a keenly cinematic eye, searches out not only the glittering facades, however the energy of thoroughfares and neighborhoods.

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These street hustlers don't use the vocational skills acquired in prison to obtain legitimate jobs. Rather they continue to rely on public institutions, such as missions, shelters, food programs, residential substance-abuse treatment centers, and criminal behavior, as means of support. This ethnography shows how the social lives of street hustlers are stabilized by the medium of bartering cocaine and heroin. Drugs are bartered for companionship, cash, and sex. If hustlers were without "drug buddies," they would have no companions at all.

Tell me about the street, Popcorn. " Popcorn heard my question, but he didn't know what I wanted him to say. He said nothing. I tried a paraphrase. "Look out the window at the folks walking by. Tell me about them. Where did they sleep last night? Where are they going now? How do they get their money? " "We got it all out here. Drugs and 'ho'es. " Breakfast humor. Then he became serious. "Men and women out this early come from missions. The women, they from ladies' missions. Most of them got a boyfriend.

Before the first time I rode with Seattle cops, I thought that hanging around with them might inhibit or damage potential relationships with street hustlers. My choices were limited though. Either I could wander around minority neighborhoods and parking lots where cocaine was being sold and hope to find someone to answer my questions, or I could let the police introduce me to hustlers they thought would cooperate. Actually I did both things. But before I went to the street alone, I had to learn something about its people and its culture.

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