In Search of Respect, Philippe Bourgois’s now-classic, ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim after it was first. Review. Reviewed Work(s): In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois. Review by: David Nugent. Source: American. Philippe Bourgois’s ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim when it was first published in For the first time .

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In Search of Respect: Apart borgois 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.

It provides a detailed account of the fespect forces enmeshed with and directed real lives of real people – giving a human face behind those considered a pathological, exoticised ‘statistic’.

He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco. In Search of Respect 14 14 Apr 04, Shown through the rooted racism and the dramatic change in economy, Philippe Bourgois manages to bring to light the difficulty to put together street culture with the traditional puilippe culture.

Sometime in the early to mids, marijuana importers working the Latin American supply routes adapted to the escalating levels of search-and-seizure they were facing at U. I question its purpose.

Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek: 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 phulippe it. Mar 31, Pete rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book. 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.


They mention the struggles they go to in order to survive. A very personal look at the intimate lives of crack dealers in Harlem. He does sfarch about respect a bit here and there but I don’t really feel like he fleshed out his thesis well enough for me to be satisfied with it. One of the author’s oft-used phrases in the book is “an example of public sector breakdown. 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 published in He has shown the ways in which marginalisation within urban ‘ghettos’ fuels drug use and the drug trade.

This was a required read for my Cultural Anthropology class. This is the gold standard, the study by which all other works on poverty must be compared. Nov 14, Kristin rated it liked it.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. It is an account of two different realities that brings individuals to a normalized self-destruction.

It’s a sad bourgous cycle in which no one is completely victim nor criminal, an environment where one can’t help but get their hands dirty in order to survive. View all 4 comments. The beautifully written and well organised ethnography gives an insight into the drug scene culture with its harsh and shocking details of violence.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

I really repsect nothing to fault it with. When does personal responsibility end and structural responsibility begin? 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 23, Possum Paderau rated it really liked it. Struggling to fit in and live an economically stable life, Puerto Ricans are brought to hunt for something much bigger than just money.

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About Philippe Bourgois fm. 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.

This edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics in America that have altered life respevt the streets of East Harlem in the six years since the first edition. Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them. 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.