May 18, 2006
I'll See Your Tat, And Raise You One Digit...
When defending class boundaries gets serious, muhfukka:
Providing an example of the harm that may be done through symbolic gentrification, Halnon cited Wooden and Blazak’s study of San Francisco gutter punks who took drastic measures to defend against "frat boys and pro athletes" who invaded their "symbolic turf" by appropriating body piercing as a style. One group of gutter-punks responded by cutting off their pinky fingers.
"The extremity of such action may be understood as measure of the extreme value of symbolic territory for the socially and economically disenfranchised," notes Halnon.
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OK, I'll go along with that.
The study goes on show how the Japanese Yakuza, as a response to having their symbolic turf invaded by San Francisco gutter punks, have now modified the practice of yubitsume so that now entire limbs, usually the left arm, are lopped off in order to expiate various wrongdoings.
The dangers of symbolic gentrification, indeed.
Halnon's a wordy mo-fo, isn't he? I could've summed it up much more succinctly: The extremity of such action may be understood when one considers they're dumb as fucking rocks.
After further consideration, I feel that MY turf has been invaded, and I'd like to return to the Russian practice of knouting. Particularly the part where the nostrils of the invaders are slit and gunpowder rubbed into the forehead with a wire brush.
OK, OK, I know, inhumane. How about if we just douche them with some of that dye they put in the moneypacks at the bank? Fit some A4's with spraytanks, and put 'em to work is what I say.
seems strange, but it sounds like something Strawdog would do, defending his turf at the Starbucks.
To quote Randall Jarrell, "The politics were so vicious, because the stakes were so small."
I thought that appropriating a trendy item would result in the trendsetters dropping it like a hot potato. Didn't realize that they'd want to defend their trendiness.
I'd better rethink the idea of this 40+ year old overweight person starting to dance badly the next time a volume 11 ghetto blaster is pointed in my direction.