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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Bourgois writes a powerful ethnography about people entwined with substance abuse in East Harlem.

Certainly, everyone is affected by their environment and culture, but I am certain Bourgois would see himself as capable of making independent decisions, and at times defying his culture if he recognized that the culture demanded him to violate other humans. I ruined my hands from typing too much and then ruined my throat from dictating when I could no longer type.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois

Dec 12, Kert Tandog rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal philipe and disincentives to join the legal ec This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s.

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. View all 4 comments. Key theories Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. But in fact, drug dealers are not all bad. 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 jibaro 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 racism rape Ray’s network Rico wearch selling sexual shit sister sniff sniffing Social Club speedballs street culture structural stupid substance abuse talk teenage bojrgois tenement told underground economy vials violence welfare woman women workers Yeah York City York Daily.


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In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Or, conversely, when do structural explanations end and personal accountability need to be invoked? Book cover; Photo credit: They are trying to do something with their life.

Furthermore, Bourgois seemed to internalize much of the sexist worldview of his subjects. Bourgois’ structural analysis of crack-dealers in Manhattan’s East Harlem in the early 90s is detailed with an exuberant amount of sometimes gut-wrenching information and an equal amount of thoughtful interpretation. Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them.

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Instead, one has to take the history of Puerto Rican immigrants and the broader structural features of US society into account. It was not crazy to live there and it is easy to violate apartheid if you do it slowly, carefully, and respectfully. To ask other readers questions about In Search of Respectplease sign up. In Search of Respect describes the social structure of the drug business. Is talking about structural reasons for people’s behaviors even useful whe 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 presents it.


This very book reslect far from being just an ethnography. You are commenting using your Facebook account. What she found difficult in East Harlem was seeing drug addicts, interpersonal violence, and people shouting at each other. 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 searxh East Harlem.

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No self-respecting Latino smokes crack — at least not in public today. January 26, at Book ratings by Goodreads.

He writes an empathetic, at the same time critical, view of self-destructiveness and violence normalised in the daily lives of Puerto Ricans in New York. Feb 12, Andrew rated it liked it. Thus, Un felt compelled, as a reader, to enter the quagmire of the politics of representation alongside Bourgois.