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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Selected pages Page 5. Risk environment is a much more useful concept for understanding why people do what they do on the streets. The result is that his conclusions on the complexities of poverty in the inner-city feel more authentic. 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. I have more ideas and I’ll edit this review the more I digest what I read and think about it. 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. Julia is a first year student in the MA program and is concentrating in international development; Jessica is a second year student pursuing an MA in anthropology with a concentration in international development; Stephanie is a second year student pursuing an MA in anthropology with a concentration in museum training; Jacqueline is a first year student pursuing an MA in anthropology; and Casey is a second year student in the MA program and is concentrating in international development.

They told her it was the poorest urban neighborhood in the US. 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? Cambridge University Press Amazon. If any reader thinks that they were monsters or slobs, they are missing the point. 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.

Published December 23rd by Cambridge University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The men profiled in this ethnography are unlikable anti-heroes cocaine sniffing, gang-raping deadbeats, for the most partbut many of their flaws seem to be the product of their social conditioning, the result of larger structural violence that only allows its victims to perform gender and cultural roles in the most superficial and self-destructive ways.


He has shown the ways in which marginalisation within urban ‘ghettos’ fuels drug use and the drug trade.

Bourgois writes a powerful ethnography about people entwined with substance abuse in East Harlem. Bourgois aims to humanise the residents and drug sesrch, not wanti In Search of Respect is a really great etnography on Puerto Rican drug dealers serch East Harlem during the s.

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! January 26, at In Search of Respect describes the social structure of the drug business. Selling Crack in El Barrio. But in fact borugois culture concept in a vacuum tells you nothing. Much of the book consists of conversations Bourgois recorded and then transcribed, so philippf IS actually a realness to it and Bourgois is aware of the unequal dynamic he is creating and touches on engagement with this problem in the book.

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.

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. Looking for beautiful books?

In Search of Respect: Redrawing the gender line on the street; 7. Email required Address never made public. Was this work potentially exploitative? Nonetheless, Bourgois’ over-reliance on strong structural hy and his self-confessed difficulties in engaging some of the excesses of his informants gang rape, familial violence from an agent-centric perspective leaves room for improvement.

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How did you resist the urge to do drugs, even just weed? He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal activities and disincentives to hpilippe the legal ec This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s. 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 ib live amongst the results.


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 assult.

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In Search of Respect: May 22, Jonas Carlsson rated it really liked it. Basically, nothing they did could be seen as immoral because it was seen as necessitated by their culture, yet American rsspect and non-Puerto Rican Americans were analyzed in very moralistic, judgmental ways. A very personal look at the intimate lives of crack dealers in Harlem. In fact, it may just be the failure to upkeep this responsibility which leads many of his subjects to frustration, abuse and violence.

A street history of El Barrio; 3.

This was done mostly through his application of postmodernism, supplying the reader with transcripts from borugois interview, allowing us to form our own opinions on the subject and not havin This was a really good ethnography. In the end, I feel like I came away with an uncertain viscerality that I’m not sure was as imperative as Bourgois believed to be. 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.

But malt liquor beer makes you completely blotto. There was no pressure on me to use marijuana or heroin or cocaine or crack. This very book is far from being just an ethnography. Bourgois, in a new epilogue, brings up to date the stories of the people – Primo, Caesar, Luis, Tony, Candy – who readers phi,ippe to know in this remarkable window onto the world serch the inner-city drug trade.