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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He takes the reader into the inner and hidden world of drug-dealing and drug-use presenting the human-side of a phenomenon that is for the most part demonised. Dismantling the War on Drugs, provision of viable options for legal work and material wealth to youth and the obvious broad-ranging socialist programs universal health care, free day-care etc. The author is a fascinating individual. 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 a woman who ran away from him in fear.

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 aims to humanise the residents and drug dealers, not wanti In Search of Respect is a really great etnography on Puerto Rican drug dealers in East Harlem during the s.

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

I question its purpose. May 10, William Lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 13, Ellyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Common terms and phrases addicts African-American apartheid baby Barrio beat Benzie bitch block Bourgois Caesar Candy Candy’s cause cocaine cops crack dealers crackhouse crazy daughter dollars downtown drug East Harlem ethnic Fat Tony father Felipe Felix friends fuck fuckin Game Room gender girl gonna gotta grabbed hanging heroin household housing project husband immigrants inner-city Italian seagch kids kill labor Latino Little Pete living look lookout Luis Maria marijuana months mother motherfucker neighborhood never nigga night Papito percent Philippe Philippe Bourgois police poverty pregnant Primo Primo and Caesar project apartment Puerto Rican inn rape Ray’s network Rico sector selling sexual shit sister sniff sniffing Social Club speedballs street culture structural stupid substance abuse talk teenage tell philipe told underground economy vials violence welfare woman women workers Yeah York City York Daily.


Also revealed is how a drug user bourglis stuck in their ways often due to prejudice against them, trapped and unable to better their situation without external help. This is mostly transcribed taperecorded sessions of a few crack dealers life experiences and how they explain where they are.

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In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

When I was nieve freshman in college, this book opened my eyes to what’s out there in my own damn country. A person who sees poverty as a personal failure will never support measures to alleviate that poverty because they don’t think the person “deserves” it! Violating Apartheid in the United States. 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.

A Street History of El Barrio. At time, I even forgot that the dealers were real persons and not just characters in a novel.

Jan 24, Judah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bourgois is not ni incredibly brave, but he has deep compassion and commitment to making a difference in a world that 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 came to the white women discussed, he parroted the views 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 business women with the same disdain as his subjects do.

In the end, I feel like I came away with an ohilippe viscerality that I’m not sure was as imperative as Bourgois believed to be. Bourgois has done something very brave in observing and interviewing these people who struggle against prejudice, ignorance, inequality, crime and drug addictions over the period of 4 years, living amoungst them and learning more than perhapes any outsider had before.


This is the gold standard, the study by which all other works on poverty must be compared. The work is refreshing as it is deeply personal whilst at the same time highlighting the challenges facing policymaker Philippe Bourgois’ drug ethnography work has been incredibly influential – both globally and in my own work as well.

Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek: 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. 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.

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. 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.

He lived in the dangerous ghetto where guns went off in daylight with his family for three years. Jan 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Un abordaje complejo, comprensivo y riguroso. However, Bourgois’s analysis of their experience searhc his excuse-making for their misdeeds ruined this book for me.

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. Instead, one has to take the history of Puerto Rican immigrants and the broader structural features of US society into account. Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them.