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 author makes it clear that there are no easy answers to the problems faced by respfct main characters, whom he protrays as both victims and perpetrators.

I ended up re-reading many of Bourgois’ claims before I understood what he said, because I was rushing to get to the next extended quotation. Contents Violating Apartheid in the United States.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Bourgois moved to a poor, primarily Puerto Rican part of New York in order to write a book about poverty.

By deciding to bring his wife and kid to live in a sector where you cannot take a step forward without cracking vials that once carried a substan Philippe Bourgois’ ethnography in the heart of El Barrio East Harlem brings some of the most shocking and revealing facts about culture shock.

To Bourgois, everyone seeks un. Redrawing the gender line on the street; 7. This ethnography may be even more important now, as anthropologists are no longer allowed to work in such dangerous situations, making this a one of a kind work.

This is portrayed beautifully through his use of practice theory, outlining the way in which the government failed them from the time they were young and in school, and were not taught the proper ways to interact with beaurocratic forces and the legal economy, leaving them at a marked disadvantage.

May 22, Jonas Carlsson rated it really liked it. So I restricted myself to beer. One of the author’s oft-used phrases in the book is “an example of public sector breakdown.

It was the kids on the block where I lived who were the first to welcome me.


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it’s very accessible and could be read by anyone. But in fact, drug dealers are not all bad.

Really interesting account from the author’s five years of imbeding himself in the street culture El Barrio a. How did you resist the urge to do drugs, even just weed? Imagine how Bourgois feels to discover his friends are gang rapists after knowing them three years.

The older pphilippe remain addicted from the old ethnic patterns.

Goin Legit Disrespect and Resistance at Work. They were not monsters or slobs who leave paraphernalia around. An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. In Search of Respect: You are commenting using your Twitter account. Return to Book Page. Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans that roam the streets and live bourgols the underground economy that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there’s so much more than what the eye can see.

Cambridge University Press, Sometimes they dragged on a little probably because they were so entertaining and didn’t have more new to say – this is the only reason I give this 4 out out of 5 stars. Lists with This Book.

Overall, I admired the writer and his themes, however, due to the language and content, I will not be re-reading this. I really have nothing to fault it with. 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. 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.

In Search of Respect: Bourgois’ bourgiis is a good read and an important piece of scholarship, and a must read for fans of modern ethnography. Philippe Bourgois’ drug ethnography work has been incredibly influential – both globally and in my own work as well. He also published an article on his father’s escape from Auschwitz “Missing the Holocaust”.


In the introduction, Bourgois reveals his personal philiippe with the complexities of representing the people and community of El Barrio, concluding with conviction that a brutally honest account of the inner-city poor is imperative.

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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Views Read Edit View history. Bourgois’s perspective is always structural to the nth degree, and here he weaves together how Puerto Rican “culture” shapes the interactions of immigrants even This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Harlem inner-city.

People think that street people choose a life of using drugs.

A Street History of El Barrio. The behavior of the poor drug use, violence, rape, misogyny is the result o structural weaknesses and flaws created by America’s class- and ethnic-apartheid. View vy 4 comments. He was awarded a master’s degree in Development Economics and a Ph. I learned that prejudice and racism played an important role in the characters’ lives in that it was almost like a predetermining factor.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your phillippe favourite book. Bourgois offers us truly culturally privileged information 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. 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 ij useful.