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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I read a Roger Ebert film review once that noted how difficult it is to create a truly antiwar film, because war is so inherently dramatic that, without the actual danger, it inevitably appears adventurous.

Redrawing the gender line on the street; 7. What did your wife think about East Harlem? I wonder if conservatives read this book, they will focus on the individual failures and lack of personal responsibility.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. This was a required read for my Cultural Anthropology class. 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.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois

Nonetheless, Bour 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. References to this book Immigrant America: I will read it again, and again, and I know that every time Bojrgois will understand it more and learn something new!

It was the kids on the block where I lived who were the first to welcome me. I’d say bg was almost a 4, it was very interesting. His discussion of gender and power in the chapter on gang rape is powerful, and does an incredible job of highlighting the number of interacting hierarchies of power that East Harlem residents have to navigate. January 26, at We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. At time, Respevt even forgot that the dealers were real persons and not just characters in a redpect.

At first I was very intimidated. Good book from Bourgois. Then I started doing normal things like doing repairs on my car. Other books in this series. The main drug of choice is now weed and mostly white people use heroin — among youth that is. This book needs to be read in pieces, and then re-read at least twice more.


A street history of El Barrio; 3. How did you resist the urge to do drugs, even just weed? My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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 as An incredible ethnography about life in the Puerto Rican slums in New York.

The title is very informative. It dragged a little in some parts, but I find with my anthropology reads that happens. Aug 21, Hamad rated it pnilippe liked it. Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans that roam the streets and live by the underground economy that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there’s so much more than what the eye can see.

I thought if I can study ethnic conflict in Central America, I should study ethnic conflict and its political economy in my philipoe country.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio – Philippe Bourgois – Google Books

They were not monsters or slobs who leave paraphernalia around. May 22, Jonas Carlsson rated it really liked it. When reading this however, you absolutely must keep an open mind, as with all cultures different from our own, some searcn may seem normal to them but horrific to us. Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek: 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.

This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s.

Philippe Bourgois

As I said throughout the book, they are seeking respect, just like all people. The beautifully written and well organised ethnography gives an insight into the drug scene culture with its harsh and shocking details of violence. Selling Crack in El Barrio. The authors manner of representation doesn’t come off as preachy of any perspective and just presents boudgois information as is for the reader to absorb.


In graduate school he worked for the Agrarian Reform ministry in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution and was a human rights activist on Capitol Hill advocating against military aid to the government of El Salvador in However, the amount of quoted material does mean that the reader becomes quite invested in the fates of the pf “cast of characters”. Contents Violating Apartheid in the United States.

For the first time, an philippr had managed to gain the trust and long-term friendship of street-level drug dealers in one of the roughest ghetto neighborhoods in philppe United States – East Harlem. 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 serach people need to be convinced that these plans are even useful.

An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. To Bourgois, everyone fo respect. They wanted me to be a good person, and so that part was easy. He has conducted fieldwork in Central America on ethnicity and social unrest and is the author of Ethnicity at Work: In comparison to other sociology-anthropology text, which are often dense and dry, this book is very readable. Philippe Bourgois’ drug ethnography work has been incredibly influential – both globally and in my own work as well.

I ruined my hands from typing too much and then ruined my throat from dictating when I could no longer type. I began my dissertation research with the Miskitu Indians in Nicaragua. A student of Eric Wolf and influenced by the work of French social theorists Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucaulthe is considered an important proponent of neo-Marxist theory and of critical medical anthropology.

Does assuming one necessarily mean that the other cannot be taken into account? Was Bourgois taking advantage of the trust that he had gained?