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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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. At time, I even forgot that the dealers were real persons and not just characters in a novel. This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Harlem inner-city. I truly illuminating read.

To Bourgois, everyone seeks respect. Was Bourgois adequately critical of the power dynamics operating among their daily interactions?

While at times I had to put the book down because my stomach and my mind couldn’t be complicit in this seeming misuse of privilege, who am I to determine if someone can or can not consent to such a detailed published account of their liv This book chronicles Bourgois’ public infiltration of the crack dealer social scene in East Harlem, New York City.

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. He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal activities and disincentives to join the legal economy reinforce these cycles of poverty, destruction, and despair.

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In Search of Respect: Sep 24, Nicola rated it really liked it Shelves: We all seek social meaning and respect. Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. Anthropologist Philippe Bourgois spent several years studying the crack trade in his East Harlem community 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.


May 10, William Lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bourgois writes a powerful ethnography about people entwined with substance abuse in East Harlem. 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. Published December 23rd by Cambridge University Press first published They told her it was the poorest urban neighborhood in the US.

Divided Labor on a Central American Banana Plantation which was based on two years of living in the workers’ barracks of a Chiquita Brands banana plantation spanning the borders of Costa Rica and Panama. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a believer that on the whole, people don’t fail, societies around them fail, Bourgois just reinforces my beliefs, but I wonder if this book is a Rorscharch Test of sorts.

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.

Good book from Bourgois. 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 Philippr.

Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. Aug 21, Hamad rated it really liked it.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois – anthropologyworks

The Best Books of Views Read Edit View history. Instead, one has to take the history of Puerto Rican immigrants and the broader structural features of US society into account. Bourgois’ raw and poignant book delivers a message about the economics of exclusion that should shake public perceptions of the inner-city drug trade However, the book is suprisingly tough to get through at times due to how much Bourgois goes into details with his descriptions.


He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco. January 26, at Please describe how you developed rapport with residents of East Harlem. Trivia About In Search of Resp I adored it, it was not filled with an excessive amount of jargon, making it inaccessible for the average person.

Selling Crack in El Barrio. I’m sure many affluent upper east side children grew up both frightened 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. Not until the next year did marijuana explode in response to crack and cocaine, and heroin, which had devastated the generation before me.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Thanks for telling us about the problem. When she arrived, her first thought was that it was beautiful with real buildings and hot and cold running water. 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.

Feb 28, Lauren added it Shelves: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of If you treat people with respect, you get treated with respect.