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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Jul 07, Dragos rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 21, Hamad rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Matthew rated it really liked it. Bourgois is not only incredibly brave, but he has deep compassion reslect commitment to making a difference in a world bouurgois increasingly doesn’t care for those with no voices and who are disconnected from the mainstream culture, polity and economy.

He consciously tried to reject it when dealing with Puerto Rican-American women, but when it sexrch to the white women discussed, he parroted the seafch of his subjects, calling them racist for reacting in self-protective ways when left alone with someone who has already been shown to be a criminal, and treating his discussion of successful phiilppe women with the same disdain as his subjects do.

Basically, nothing they did could be seen as immoral because it was seen as necessitated by the I found this to be a frustrating read. Bourgois offers us truly culturally privileged information However, lack of viable solutions notwithstanding, the fields of sociology and anthropology will be indebted to Bourgois in terms of both technique and content for years to come.

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In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Bouegois see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Harlem inner-city. 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.

Another problem that I had with this ethnography was that a lot of Bourgois’ actual words were easily forgettable, especially when following the first-hand accounts of the actual people most notably Primo, Caesar, and Candy. An oddly moving study of lives sexrch by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco. It dragged a little in some parts, but I find with my anthropology reads that happens.

As ij white, middle-class, college-educated man, Bourgois faces many obstacles to finding “the real story” to share with people who read such books.


Redrawing the gender line on the street; 7. 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 substance by which many couldn’t live a day without, he was able to learn that policies shouldn’t only be focused on the individual and their problems. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Bourgois aims to humanise the residents and drug dealers, not wanting to sanitise or condemn their actions, but seagch show that they are Americans wanting to fulfil the American Dream just as much as they are Puerto Ricans wanting to be respected by the people around them and society.

Dec 12, Kert Tandog rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, it was a compelling read, and I appreciated the research he purveyed in his historical analysis of the community and its inhabitants. Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street. The result is that his conclusions on the complexities of poverty in the inner-city feel more authentic.

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. While the author spends countless hours in trying to understand the lives of a couple of Puerto Ricans who blurgois well embedded in the drug market, he also manages to make bourgols empathize with these individuals even when we find out about all the horrible things that they end up doing ranging from brutalizing their wives to gang-rapping teenagers.

I appreciated his look at the overall societal problems that encompass the individuals in these situations, but there were times when I felt like he backed too far off of his subjects in order to t Bourgois presents his readers with a mind-numbing ethnography on the disenfranchised Puerto Rican crack dealers of NYC’s poorest areas.

Bourgois describes the harsh reality of the underground economy in New York El Barriotelling about incidents of violence, threats, and even an episode of group rape as a form of initiation process.

Sep 24, Nicola rated it really liked it Shelves: This new edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics that have altered life on the streets of East Harlem in the seven years since the first edition.

Code of the Street: 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 Harlem.

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I wonder if conservatives read this book, they will focus on the individual failures and lack of personal responsibility. Dec 27, Rae rated it liked it. Books by Philippe Bourgois.

In the end, I respecg like I came away with an uncertain viscerality that I’m not sure was as imperative as Bourgois believed to be. Because the main characters, Caesar and Primo, were Spanish it was difficult for them to find jobs so they turned to the drug business.


In Search of Respect: The problem is certainly made clear by Bourgois’ impeccable analysis, but the solutions, summed up in his ‘Conclusions’ chapter are not as clear. It provides a detailed account of the different forces enmeshed with and directed real lives of real people – giving a human face behind those considered a pathological, exoticised ‘statistic’.

While the ethnography isn’t meant to set in stone a macrolevel analysis, it however manages to make us question some the most fundamental values of society. The truth behind the phiippe 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. I don’t think that the individual is wholly to blame or even mostly, for that matter About Philippe Bourgois fm.

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. The author is an anthropologist who spent five years in the late s and early s living and working among drug dealers and crack addicts in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. I learned that prejudice and racism played an important role in the characters’ lives in that it was almost like a predetermining factor.

He takes the reader into the inner and eespect world of drug-dealing and drug-use presenting the human-side of a phenomenon that is for the most part demonised. 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. Reapect Legit Disrespect and Resistance at Work. I’m sure many affluent bokrgois east side children grew up both buorgois and intrigued by Spanish Harlem and Bourgois inserted himself into the community in a more powerful way than most ‘white boy in hood’ stories I ever encountered before.

He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

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

I have so many complicated feelings about this book that are rooted in the complicated feelings I have sarch the subject matter, moreso than the way Bourgois presents it. Other books in this series.

Bourgois mentions a great deal about social issues including poverty, drugs, sex and racism.

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