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Workaday World Crack Economy The film Monster a fictionalized portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos depicts the struggle of an underprivileged abused woman as she attempts to find legitimate work and social acceptance Wearing mismatched thrift shop clothes Wuornos rides her bicycle through a business district and fills out applications not realizing she looks pathetic and hopelessly out of place She endures a humiliating interview at a law office where a lawyer bluntly informs her that she is unqualified because she lacks a high school diploma or a resume She is similarly dismissed at an employment office when she admits to having outstanding warrants for arrest Actress Charlize Theron captures the womans desperation and anger at a system that will not let her in no matter how hard she tries Demoralized and broke Wuornos returns to working as a street prostitute because that is the only way of life she knows The young Latino African American men profiled in Philippe Bourgois Workaday World--Crack Economy are trapped in a similar situation They work in deplorable conditions at low wages selling crack because they lack the skills and education to get and keep a legitimate job At the Game Room crack house these men averaged 7-8 an hour barely a livable wage One of the crack dealers Primo gets embarrassed when he reveals that he made only forty dollars one night and his mother has added him as a dependent for food stamps Primo rhapsodizes about going straight and how his life would improve if he got a legal job He realizes that the Game Room is a bad environment he is drinks too many Colt 45s and uses cocaine daily Furthermore Primo is subject to the violent temper of his supplier and the erratic irritating behavior of the addicts who comprise Game Rooms clientele In a series on interviews Primo tells of his experiences working at an office for a trade magazine He was belittled
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