Tapping into The Wire

The Real Urban Crisis. Featuring a Conversation with David Simon
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Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between inner-city poverty and drug-related violence. Past Baltimore City health commissioner Peter Beilenson teams up with former Baltimore Sun reporter Patrick A. McGuire to deliver a compelling, highly readable examination of urban policy and public health issues affecting cities across the nation. Each chapter recounts scenes from episodes of the HBO series, placing the characters' challenges into the broader context of public policy.
A candid interview with the shows co-creator David Simon reveals that one of the intentions of the series is to expose gross failures of public institutions, including criminal justice, education, labor, the news media, and city government. Even if readers havent seen the series, the books detailed summaries of scenes and characters brings them up to speed and engages them in both the story and the issues. With a firm grasp on the hard truths of real-world problems, Tapping into 'The Wire' helps undo misconceptions and encourage a dialogue of understanding.
Living in Baltimore for most of the five years that I filmed The Wire, I was astounded to see how closely life mirrors art for too many residents of this-and most other-major cities in America. I hope the readers of this intriguing book really 'feel' the problems that are highlighted and emerge committed to change. -- Michael Kenneth Williams, actor, The Wire A must-read-and a great read-to understand why drug abuse undermines all our lives and to learn effective and less costly ways to solve the complex riddle of poverty and drug abuse. We need such evidence-based public health analyses and leadership to strengthen our cities' futures and support a resilient, successful, and equitable nation. This book offers a cogent, 21st-century public health agenda to create urban health and well-being. -- Linda P. Fried, M.D., M.P.H, Dean, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University This book will help both fans-and critics-of The Wire make connections between the stories presented on screen and how public health approaches can address vexing and seemingly intractable social problems. -- John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H., author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men

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Autor: Peter L. Beilenson
ISBN-13 :: 9781421411903
ISBN: 1421411903
Verlag: Johns Hopkins University Press
Gewicht: 332g
Seiten: 232
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 228x154x17 mm, w. 15 halftones

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