By Dina Temple-Raston
A rare account of ways a small Texas city struggled to return to grips with its racist prior within the aftermath of the brutal homicide of James Byrd, Jr.
On June 7, 1998, a forty-nine-year-old black guy named James Byrd, Jr., was once chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged 3 miles down a rustic highway by way of a trio of younger white males. It didn't take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to profit in regards to the homicide or to fret that the identify in their city could turn into the nation's shorthand for hate crimes.
From the preliminary research throughout the trials and their aftermath, A loss of life in Texas tells the tale of the notorious Byrd homicide as noticeable during the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a group compelled to confront not just a grisly crime but additionally antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on vast interviews with key gamers, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a amazing solid of characters, from the baby-faced killer, invoice King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper's white patriarch who can't comprehend the furor over the killing. There's additionally James Byrd, the hard-drinking sufferer along with his personal darkish previous; the prosecutor and safety legal professionals; and invoice King's father, who's demise of a damaged middle as he awaits his son's execution.
Just as Bernard Lefkowitz pulled again the curtain on Glenridge, New Jersey, in his vintage paintings Our men, Temple-Raston is going behind the curtain in Jasper, Texas, to inform the tale of a city the place racism and evil made itself at domestic
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46 Here I will focus on the Maussian insight that a gift is something much more general than a present wrapped up and given on a special occasion. Rather, gift exchange can involve “any object or service, utilitarian or superfluous. . ‘Gift’ does not identify either the object or service itself, or the forms and ceremonies of giving and getting. 48 Contrast this with an archetypal market relationship. In the market, exchanges are voluntary or formally free (no one is forced to buy or sell), the goods exchanged are fungible, and exchange partners are linked only by the contract governing that particular transaction.
This does not mean we do away with individuals and incentives, or with reasons for giving. 44 But a social-psychological view is not enough to account for the variation we see over time, across organizations, and between countries. Individual motives play out within social contexts organized around particular conceptions of the relationship between donors and recipients—the gift relationship. Gifts and Markets What is a gift? What does a gift relationship entail? 46 Here I will focus on the Maussian insight that a gift is something much more general than a present wrapped up and given on a special occasion.
Studies of how goods are measured, compared, and transferred in practice—the sociology of commensuration—provide a corrective to this tendency by asking where standards for choice and comparison come from. 58 In parallel fashion, a clear understanding of the organizational efforts that keep items out of the market is central to understanding the structure of exchange in human goods. “Donation” suggests a system where gifts are unconditionally given and gratefully received. But research on markets and actual systems of gift exchange shows a more complex reality than the stylized versions often found in public debates about commodification and altruism.