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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Furthermore, in his conclusion, he discusses the ways in which we can alleviate some of the suffering in poor neighborhoods but what he doesn’t really get at, probably because it’s much more insidious and difficult to overcome, is that first of all people need to be convinced that these plans are even useful.

Jan 31, Masch1 rated it it was ok. An incredible ethnography about life in the Puerto Rican slums in New York. Nonetheless, Bour Bourgois’ most famous book is an insightful if all over the place ethnography that details the lives of several crack dealers in East Harlem at the height of the Crack epidemic.

By searrch our website you agree to our use of cookies. Selling Crack in El Barrioand several of them submitted questions for the interview. Looking for beautiful books? In Search of Respect.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Really interesting account from the author’s five years of imbeding himself in the street culture El Barrio a. Please describe how you developed rapport with residents of East Harlem. It was really useful in putting into perspective the challenges of ethnography, ethical, practical, intellectual and so on, and it was a really good example of what the complete, clear, humane, and enlightening kind of ethnography new anthropologist should aspire to write.

May 10, William Lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, if you want to read an interesting book on poverty in the US or if you’re looking for an example on how structural features, historical developments, and cultural ideas can intersect and lead to social marginalisation, this is the book for zearch.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois – anthropologyworks

Sometimes they dragged on a little probably because they were so entertaining and didn’t have more new to say – respdct i Really interesting account from the author’s five years of imbeding himself in the street culture El Barrio a.

Bourgois, in a new epilogue, brings up to date the stories of the people – Primo, Caesar, Luis, Tony, Candy – who readers come to know in this remarkable window onto the world of the inner-city drug trade. Redrawing ij gender line on the street; 7.


pphilippe Bourgois’ book is a good read and an important piece of scholarship, and a must read for fans of modern ethnography. Aug 03, Matthew rated it really liked it. Bourgois likewise argues that the call for more paternal responsibility interestingly, as Obama and Bill Cosby have done is shortsighted, because in fact many families are better off without the abusive, drug-dealing father around.

Apart from having a highly nuanced theorising, this is perhaps one of the books that elicited so much emotions in me – a testament to the bourgoiz writing that Bourgois had rendered his ethnography.

I was trying to show that these are normal people. I definetely believe he achieves this. Jul 07, Dragos rated it really liked it Esarch Selling Crack in El Barrio.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio – Philippe Bourgois – Google Books

At time, I even forgot that the dealers were real persons and not just characters in a novel. I felt like I got to know the people he interviewed, and even if some of the things they pgilippe seemed purely evil, I had sympathy for them because I had the opportunity to hear their stories, and understand what brought them to the decisions they made.

Other editions – View all In Search of Respect: Mar 31, Pete rated it it was ok Shelves: Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans rewpect roam the streets and live by the underground economy that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there’s so much more than what the eye can see.

He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal activities and disincentives to join the legal economy reinforce these cycles of poverty, destruction, and despair. There was a TON of language and some rough parts about real events taking place in the slums. I’m sure many affluent upper east side chil Now I can no longer walk through my people in the jungle and not think about the statistics. He collected boyrgois compelling stories and presented their words with care and class, but there was something left to be desired from my reading bt In Search of Respect.

Views Read Edit View history. Families and children in pain; 8. Bourgois’ main point in this effort is to piece together a social-economic and political-historic framework in which his subjects operated, calling into focus the uncontrollable aspects of their lives to argue that such forces are primarily to account for their respsct of violence, abuse, neglect and constant poverty.


Furthermore, Bourgois, also details the injustices his interlocutors have faced, not having the proper capital to enter the legal economy.

Bourgois describes the harsh reality of the underground economy in New York El Barriotelling about philippd of violence, threats, and even an episode of group rape as a form of initiation process. The main drug of choice is now weed and mostly white people use heroin — among youth that is. It’s a sad socioeconomic cycle in which no one is completely victim phhilippe criminal, an environment where one can’t help but get their hands dirty in order to survive.

This book uses their voices to explore poverty, the drug trade, and street culture. Finally, I would add that in his excuse-making for actions that even his subjects viewed as immoral through the idea of “culture,” Bourgois reduces them below the level boutgois individual people, capable of free will.

Please discuss this issue on the article’s talk page. Not until the next year did marijuana explode in response to crack and cocaine, and heroin, which had devastated the generation before me. The work is refreshing as it is deeply personal whilst at the same time highlighting the challenges facing policymaker Philippe Bourgois’ drug ethnography work has been incredibly influential – both globally and in my own work as well.

January 19, at 3: For the first time, an anthropologist had managed to gain the trust and long-term friendship of street-level drug dealers in one of the roughest ghetto neighborhoods in the United States – East Harlem. No self-respecting Latino smokes crack — at least not in public today. Those of us who care about giving inner city poor a fair chance at life have to work upstream, at changing the structural forces.

For instance, one man who had already been established as a criminal figure, and who admitted to looking disheveled in a particular situation and acting in a suspicious manner was treated in a “racist” way by a woman who ran away from him in fear.