Critical Analysis of the Article "Caught Up" by Maria G. Rendón

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“Caught Up”: A Critical Analysis “Caught Up” by Maria G. Rendón divides neighborhood mechanisms in order to understand what causes the chain of high school non-completion in poverty-stricken, urban neighborhoods. The study questions the researched claim—and stereotype—that young men who grow up in poor neighborhoods have no care for graduating, and in general, education; however, many studies have disproven this theory and the bigger question becomes how urban neighborhoods are tied to the rate of poor students not graduating. Rendón thus attempts to identify and understand the neighborhood mechanisms that contribute to the high rates of high school non-completion. In order to find these answers, she focuses her study on young Latino men …show more content…
In Weber’s “Class, Status, Party”, Weber claims that though class and status are similar, there is still a strong distinction between the two categories, as status is an individual trait and evaluation of esteem and honor. Typically, those in a status have more common interests than those who are in the same class. Like so, Rendón claims that, individually, many of the young Latino men follow the same class—they are all young men who are relatively poverty-stricken in urban neighborhoods. Their life chances are all the same as their income and choice of neighborhood are similar. However, like Weber, Rendón claims that an individual’s situation depends on the individual himself as well as the extra-curricular he chooses to partake in and the family he is surrounded by. Even if two young men are born in the same class, if one chooses a buffer in his life in order to achieve graduation, then his “status” would appear differently than a boy who willingly falls to violence and away from education. This stratification divides two very economically similar people but sends one to the bottom of the education chain; by this distinction, different statuses are formed: one who is willing to go through high school and the other who will fall into high school non-completion (Lecture, February 5, 2014).
Many Latinos, according to various studies, are unwilling to participate in

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