“Died of a Theory”

  • Melvyn L. Fein
Part of the Clinical Sociology book series (CSRP)


It was the 1970s and I was completing my doctoral studies at the City University of New York. Being without private funds, like many other poverty stricken graduate students, I took a job to meet my expenses. In my case, this entailed driving a taxi. The garage that employed me was located in Brooklyn, but as we cabbies understood, the majority of the work lay on the other side of the East River. The first thing we did each morning therefore was to cross the Manhattan Bridge. Once beyond this span, we would cruise up and down the island, transporting passengers on short, lucrative hauls along well-worn tracks. To recross the river was an act of folly that placed one in an area with fewer fares and where one was in jeopardy of getting lost.


Black Male Stereotype Threat Taxi Driver Black Youth Political Correctness 
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“Died of a Theory”

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  • Melvyn L. Fein
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  1. 1.Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw

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