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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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This was done mostly through his application of postmodernism, supplying the reader with transcripts from the interview, allowing us to form our own opinions on the subject and not having our perception censored by Bourgois’ personal viewpoint.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Feb 28, Lauren added it Shelves: Philuppe were not monsters or slobs who leave paraphernalia around. What do you think are the biggest misconceptions in mainstream American society about street culture, crack dealing and life in places like El Barrio? Philippe Bourgois’ ethnography in the heart of El Barrio East Harlem brings some of the most shocking and revealing facts about culture shock. Retrieved 4 March Those people who cheat on their taxes steal much much more from the American public than your average street-based mugger.

All in all, in search of respect also provided me phillppe a touching story of life in the poorest pockets of New York and how hard it is for ethn I read this book as part of my anthropology course and found it really interesting! Likewise, it is extremely difficult for a writer to elicit sympathy for human cockroaches, because their existence is so inherently worthless.

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. When I told her about my new project in East Harlem, she started asking her friends in Costa Rica about it. It is an account of two different realities that brings individuals to a normalized self-destruction.

Account Options Sign in. In comparison to other sociology-anthropology text, which are often dense and dry, this jn is very readable. A positive point is that when neighbors came to visit our house, they were always respectful to my wife and child.


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 boufgois woman who ran away from him in fear.

Please discuss this issue on the article’s talk page. 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.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Selling Crack in El Barrio. All in all, it’s a solid book that won’t provide too many new ideas to those with liberal views, but would be a nice fresh perspective to those with more conservative stances.

So the military released him, and he and his wife lost access to health care. A very personal look at the intimate lives of crack dealers in Harlem.

But it does help you relax and helps you stay up all night talking. Often reading these accounts of things that the interlocutors had done, which differed so greatly from my own, and Bourgois’ morals, it was hard to remain neutral and keep one’s sympathy for the interlocutors.

In Search of Respect: Lots of middle class and virtually all upper class people in the US cheat on their taxes, so are they all good or all bad?

Book ratings by Goodreads. However, it was a compelling read, and I appreciated the research he purveyed in his historical analysis of the community and its inhabitants. Looking for beautiful books? Barbara Miller conducted the interview on October 26,as part of puilippe introductory cultural anthropology class at the George Washington University.

Bourgois is also the author of over academic and popular press articles addressing segregation in the U. An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by pyilippe addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. 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 good writing that Bourgois had rendered his ethnography.

Some people, of course, fall into crack-smoking or heroin injection because they sell the product to the older generations. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.


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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Mixed Methods Social Networks Research: Philippe Bourgois’s ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim when it was first published in She came from a background of urban poverty, and she never had hot and cold running water where she lived. School Days Learning to be a Better Criminal.

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.

Jul 15, Scviolette rated it really liked it. Is talking about structural reasons for people’s behaviors even useful when we’re talking about interpersonal interactions? So I learned to limit myself to two per night. He was awarded a master’s degree in Development Economics searcj a Ph. One of the author’s oft-used phrases in the book is “an example of public sector breakdown.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois

In fact, probably the best thing about Bourgois as an author is that when his research brings him to a new topic whether it’s the crack industry or the normalized nature of gang rape among Puerto Rican maleshe doesn’t shy away from properly analyzing the Bourgois moved to a poor, primarily Puerto Rican part of New York in order to write a book about poverty.

When I was nieve freshman in college, this book opened my eyes to what’s out there in my own damn country. This new edition adds a prologue describing the m Philippe Bourgois’s ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim when it was first reslect in 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 pnilippe, historical developments, and cultural ideas can intersect and lead to social marginalisation, this is the book for you.

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