Cambridge Core – Social and Cultural Anthropology – In Search of Respect – by Philippe Bourgois. Review. Reviewed Work(s): In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois. Review by: David Nugent. Source: American. Bourgois’ ethnographic research of the crack dealers and their families revealed the structural.

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The truth behind the crack and the suffering in the beast, nobody deals it or does it because they want to but the consequences are horrific and we all live amongst the results.

Basically, nothing they did could be seen as immoral because it was seen as necessitated by the I found this to be a frustrating read. For example, he is critical on the War on pholippe argues that the drug epidemic is not THE problem itself, but instead a symptom of the deeper problem. Jan 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rumbaut Limited preview – He lived in the bourgoiis ghetto where guns went off in daylight with his family for three years.

Now that he has invasively probed the personal lives of these people and this community, what do you do with that information? Is talking about structural reasons for people’s behaviors even useful whe I have so many complicated feelings about this book that are rooted in the complicated feelings I have about the subject matter, moreso than the way Bourgois presents it.

Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street. I will read it again, and again, and I know that every time I will understand it more and learn something new! He has shown the ways in which marginalisation within urban ‘ghettos’ fuels drug use and the drug trade. Dismantling the War on Drugs, provision of viable options for legal work and material wealth to youth and the obvious broad-ranging socialist programs universal health care, free day-care etc.

But in fact, drug dealers are not all bad. Sexrch required Address never made public.


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

This edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics in America that have altered life on the streets of East Harlem in the six years since the first edition. So I went up to East Harlem in New York City and started my new research project there while I was writing my dissertation about the ethnic divide-and-conquer strategy of a US multinational corporation in Costa Rica and Panama.

Was this work potentially exploitative? Really interesting account from the author’s five years of imbeding himself in the ih culture El Barrio a. As I said throughout the book, they are seeking respect, just like all people.

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I began my dissertation research with the Miskitu Indians in Nicaragua. University of California Press, Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek: I learned that prejudice and racism played an important role in the characters’ lives in that it was almost like a predetermining factor.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois

So she thought East Harlem was going to be like the poorest urban shantytowns in Costa Rica. Bourgois is not only incredibly brave, but he has deep compassion and commitment to making a difference in a world that increasingly doesn’t care for those with no voices and who are disconnected from the mainstream culture, polity and economy.

He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal activities and disincentives to join the legal ec This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, pp.

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Dec 12, Kert Tandog rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 03, Matthew rated it really liked it. However, the lives of the crack dealers and users of 80ss El Barrio were veryy interesting, and this provides a great companion piece to other novels on the subject I highly recommend Down to This by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. One of the author’s oft-used phrases in the book is “an example of public sector breakdown.

Table of contents Preface to the second edition; Introduction; 1. The concept of culture is a very important, but complicated concept. When reading this however, you absolutely must keep an open mind, as with all cultures searrch from our own, some things may seem normal to them but horrific to us.


Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans that roam the streets and live by the underground economy that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there’s so vourgois more than what the eye can see.

Families and children in pain; 8. Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social.

I could go on, but it is actually very hard for me to pin down despect book in a review, but I certainly recommend this book to people who are interested in the truth. Nov 02, Meegan rated it liked it.

Many of his books and articles have been translated for foreign publication. This is of course, a very traditional progressive argument, but Bourgois does not fail to empower his subjects with their own sense of responsibility for the situation they are in.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He also published an article on his father’s escape from Auschwitz “Missing the Holocaust”. Sometimes they dragged on a little probably because they were so entertaining og didn’t have more new to say – this is the only reason I give this 4 res;ect out of 5 stars. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. He takes the reader into the inner and hidden world of drug-dealing and drug-use presenting the human-side of a phenomenon that is for the most part demonised.

He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

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