Monday, November 15, 2010

Hood pass

“There are places you just don't go,” he explains. “Not unless you know someone there really well or you're travelling as part of a much bigger group. If you're on your own and you're a new face, people will rob you, take everything you have. The only way to stop it happening is not to go to those places.”

-- Reggie, Tulse Hill

Rare piece of seemingly a) researched and b) non-judgmental coverage on inner city London culture from a newspaper, this time from Tony Thompson in the Evening Standard.


Unknown said...

I will be using this from my MA essay. It relates heavily on the work of Loïc Wacquant (Punishing the Poor) and of Paul Gilroy (There aint no black in the union jack)

Anonymous said...

I thought this article though interesting completely overplayed actually how dangerous it is for youths in london nowadays. I am and always have been a massive neek but I've spent lots of time in places where a supposedly "hood pass" is needed without trouble, as do lots of people. Rather than make it seem like the streets are dangerous it should have focused on how society makes some individuals feel isolated