Familial Struggles in a Developing Society
Iain Dormer
he opening scene from Season Two of The Wire
shows us the disparity between the working
class and the upper class, as Jimmy McNulty
and his new partner in the Marine division tow a party
boat full of wealthy bureaucrats out of a shipping lane
(2.1). This preliminary scene sets the stage for the rest
of the season. It highlights the focus not only on class
segregation but also on current struggles faced by
White males in a postindustrial climate. The struggles
are a result of the changing economic and social
structure as previous industries begin to globalize and
increase their use of technology. The local, blue collar
workers are gradually being replaced by machines
capable of performing their jobs more efficiently,
causing tensions to rise. It also causes a displacement
of the previous core values carried by these working
class men and their families. This is noted by a
reference to Susan Faludi’s work in Hamilton Carroll’s
essay “Policing the Borders of White Masculinity:
Labor, Whiteness, and the Neoliberal City in The Wire:
Drawing a series of links between the
transformation of labor from
manufacturing to service work and the
concomitant rise of male insecurity,
Faludi argues that men have been let
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