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Abandoned in the HeartlandWork, Family, and Living in East St. Louis$
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Jennifer Hamer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269316

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269316.001.0001

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Hustling, Clean and Dirty

Hustling, Clean and Dirty

(p.98) Chapter Four Hustling, Clean and Dirty
Abandoned in the Heartland

Jennifer F. Hamer

University of California Press

This chapter reveals that people who hustle also work in the formal labor market. For East St. Louis African Americans, hustling strategies have been rooted in the city's history. Residents from East St. Louis distinguish “dirty” and “clean” hustles. The dirty kind involves what the public defines as vice or criminality: the sex trade and the narcotics industry. Clean hustles consist of more routine “off the books” interactions, such as the unlicensed auto mechanics and food sales. Prostitution has a deep history in East St. Louis. Dirty or clean, hustling in East St. Louis is about survival. The male and female hustlers there share a belief in the American dream, using hard work and a strong will to climb the socioeconomic ladder.

Keywords:   dirty hustles, clean hustles, labor market, East St. Louis, African Americans, hustling, sex trade, narcotics industry

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