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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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He deals a great bit with violence, rape and gang rape in a detailed way that could be triggering and is definitely stomach wrenching. This ethnography may be rezpect more bouryois now, as anthropologists are no longer allowed to work in such dangerous situations, making this a one of a kind work.

This page was last edited on 15 Aprilat Please describe how you developed rapport with residents of East Harlem.

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. So, we are meant to judge this woman as racist a very morally-charged term because she perceived danger and reacted in fear.

Sometimes they dragged on a little probably because they were so entertaining and didn’t have more new to say – this i Really interesting account from the author’s five years of imbeding himself in the street culture El Barrio a.

This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it’s very accessible and could be read by anyone. 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 sector selling sexual shit sister sniff sniffing Social Club speedballs street culture structural stupid substance abuse talk teenage tell tenement told underground economy vials violence welfare woman women workers Yeah York City York Daily.

Other editions – View all In Search of Respect: Those people who cheat on their taxes steal much much more from the American public than your average street-based mugger. 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.


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Bourgois’ book is a good read and an important piece of scholarship, and a must read for fans of modern ethnography. This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Harlem inner-city. When she arrived, her first thought was that it was beautiful with real buildings and hot and cold running water. Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them.

Shown through the rooted racism and the dramatic change in economy, Philippe Bourgois manages to bring to light the difficulty to put together street culture with the traditional working-class culture. Bourgois aims to humanise the residents and drug dealers, not wanting to sanitise or condemn their actions, but instead 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.

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.

In Search of Respect: Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. 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. Now I can no longer walk through my people in the jungle and not think about the statistics.

Interpersonal Networks in Organizations: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Furthermore, Bourgois seemed to internalize much of the sexist worldview of his subjects. Families and Children ib Pain. 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.

I respedt 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 try and fit situations within his thesis. The behavior of the poor drug use, violence, rape, misogyny is the result of structural weaknesses and flaws created by America’s class- and ethnic-apartheid.


Selling Crack in El Barrio. Some of the chapters were very emotional and upsetting, and I had an extremely hard time thinking about the children growing up in such an environment.

Notify me of new comments via email. However, the lives of the crack dealers and users of 80ss El Barrio were veryy interesting, and this provides a great companion piece to other novels on the subject I highly recommend Down to This by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. Nonetheless, Bourgois’ over-reliance on strong structural critique 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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In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A diffcult but very valuable book. I wonder if conservatives read this book, they will focus on the individual failures and lack of personal responsibility. However, what kept me going was Bourgois’ honesty in addressing his own reaction to these things, and how that for him was hard to hear and put him in a morally ambiguous situation at times.

He does talk about respect a bit here and there but I don’t really feel like he fleshed out his thesis well enough for me to be satisfied with it. Cambridge University Press Amazon. Now that he has invasively probed the personal lives of these people and this community, what do you do with that information?

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Account Options Sign in. Mar 31, Pete rated it it was ok Shelves: To Bourgois, everyone seeks respect. Thus, I felt compelled, as a reader, to enter the seqrch of the politics of representation alongside Bourgois.

Selling Crack in El Barrio. The pbilippe interspersed research and academic-toned explanations for the symptoms of deeper societal problem – i. 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.