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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Was the inform and consent process a sufficiently transparent one? 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. Paperbackpages. I felt weird and awkward. 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.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Blurgois, the book is suprisingly tough to get through at times due to how much Bourgois goes into details with boyrgois descriptions. The baby who Maria was pregnant with in the book, is now 18 years old. I began my srarch research with the Miskitu Indians in Nicaragua.

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–East The Best Books of I felt like I got to know the people he interviewed, and even if some of the things they did 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.

Likewise, it is extremely difficult for a writer to elicit sympathy for human cockroaches, because their existence is so inherently worthless. What she found difficult in East Harlem was seeing drug addicts, interpersonal violence, and people shouting at each other. Bourgois claims that the self-destructive behavour the residents of East Harlem exhibits like drug use, crime, and physical abuse cannot be reduced to individualistic or cultural explanations.


While the ethnography isn’t meant bourgoia set in stone a macrolevel analysis, it however manages to make us question some the most fundamental boirgois of society. Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street. 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.

Imagine how Philip;e feels phillppe discover his friends are gang rapists after knowing them three years. A student of Eric Wolf and influenced by the work of French social theorists Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucaulthe is considered an important proponent of neo-Marxist theory and of critical medical anthropology. I got really invested in the lives of these drug dealers, even when Bourgois described the dealers’ history of and opinions on violence, rape, and other unpleasant topics.

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

Crack became a household word in the late fall of that year. In Search of Respect.

In a new epilogue Bourgois brings up to date the stories of the people–Primo, Caesat, Luis, Tony, Candy–who readers come to know in this remarkable window onto the world of the inner city drug trade. To Bourgois, everyone seeks respect.

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

Book ratings by Goodreads. Cocaine is much easier to transport clandestinely because it takes up only a fraction of the physical space occupied by the equivalent dollar value of marijuana.

These people contribute absolutely nothing of positive value to our world, while constantly detracting from its goodness and I hate them.

Nothing has been held back, and we experience through these people how drugs have ruined lives and the harsh realities of the barrio, including rape and as An incredible ethnography about life in the Puerto Rican slums in New York.

The authors manner of representation doesn’t come off as preachy of any perspective and just presents the information as is for the reader to absorb.

Some people, of course, fall into crack-smoking or heroin injection because they sell the product to the older generations. A modern-day Oscar Lewis, Philippe aims to enlarge the discussion around the interactions of agency and structure through an analysis of a culture of opposition embedded within a web of social, historical, and economic forces. Cambridge University Press, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


He collected some compelling stories and presented their words with care and class, but there was something left to be desired from my reading of In Search of Respect. For example, he is critical on the War on drugs argues that the drug epidemic is not THE problem itself, but instead a symptom of the deeper problem.

Please philppe this issue on the article’s talk page. But in fact, drug dealers are not all bad. So I went up to East Harlem in New York City and started my respech 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.

Table of contents Preface to the second edition; Introduction; 1. May 10, William Lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: As these inequities persist, future generations that grow up in this environment of limited opportunities propogate this trap.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois

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. The result is that his conclusions on the complexities of poverty in the inner-city feel more authentic. Mixed Methods Social Networks Research: It is clear that Bourgois is a very skilled ethnographer and the book is testimony to that.

The six-year-old in the book now designs web pages. Just for the sake of mentioning though, the part where Burgois talks about closing his eyes and thinking about a fespect time warp” was just odd to me. Dude does his darnest to show the contradictions and incompleteness of numbers, but story after story, individual upon individual it gets uglier.