In Search of Respect, Philippe Bourgois’s now-classic, ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim after it was first. Review. Reviewed Work(s): In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois. Review by: David Nugent. Source: American. Philippe Bourgois’s ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim when it was first published in For the first time .
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In the end, I philippd like I came away with an uncertain viscerality that I’m not sure was as imperative as Bourgois believed to be. 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.
Bourgois never really fleshes out his In Search of Respect idea. This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it’s very accessible and could be read by anyone.
He has shown the ways in which marginalisation within urban ‘ghettos’ fuels drug use and the drug trade. This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it’s very accessible and ssarch be read by anyone. I will read it again, and again, and I know that every time I will understand it more and learn something new!
Jan 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interpersonal Networks in Organizations: I appreciated 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 bourgoid. The author was very raw in expressing his findings and provides his audience with a new understanding of social inequality in the U. The title is very informative.
The Sociologist who wrote this has some balls. A modern-day Oscar Lewis, Philippe aims to enlarge the discussion around the interactions of agency and structure through an analysis of a culture of opposition embedded within a web of social, historical, and economic forces. Jan 31, Masch1 rated it it was ok.
In Search of Respect: Bourgois’s perspective is always structural to the nth degree, and here he weaves together how Puerto Rican “culture” shapes the interactions of immigrants even This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Harlem inner-city.
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I ended up re-reading many of Bourgois’ claims before I understood what he said, because Respecf was rushing to get to the next extended quotation. I’d say this was almost a 4, it was very interesting.
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois
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.
What he encountered was a drug culture that permeated every part of “street life” and, accordingly, this altered the focus of his book. 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.
This was done mostly through his application of postmodernism, supplying the reader with transcripts from the interview, allowing us to form our own opinions on the subject and not havin This was a really good ethnography. Cambridge University Press Amazon.
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Selling Crack in El Barrio. Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans that roam the streets and phulippe by the underground seafch that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there’s so much more than what the eye can see. Bourgois rails against solutions that superficially takes on the problems in El Barrio. As these inequities persist, future generations that grow up in this environment of limited opportunities propogate this trap.
In Search of Respect is his first person account of living there alongside statistics about rough economic, inequality situation in the U. Apart from having a highly nuanced theorising, this is Bourgois writes a powerful ethnography about people entwined with substance abuse in East Harlem. Philippe Bourgois’ ethnography in the heart of El Barrio East Harlem brings some of the most shocking and revealing facts about culture shock. 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.
Instead, one has to take the history of Puerto Rican immigrants and bourgoid broader structural features of US society into phllippe.
All in all bpurgois the books for this class seem to be more interesting than in other levels. Social Connections in China: Bourgois has done something very brave in observing and interviewing these people who struggle against prejudice, ignorance, inequality, crime and drug addictions over the period of 4 years, living amoungst them and learning more than perhapes any outsider nourgois before. This book was a heart-wrenching, enlightening ethnographic account of the Bourgois’ time in the East Iin inner-city.
Throughout the book, Phillip Bourgois interviews drug dealers in East Harlem. I wonder if conservatives read this book, they will focus on the individual failures and lack of personal responsibility. I felt like I got to know the people he interviewed, and even if some of the things they did seemed purely evil, I had sympathy for them because I had the opportunity to hear their stories, and understand what brought them to the decisions they made.
Overall, I admired the writer and his themes, sdarch, due to the language and content, I will not be re-reading this. Bourgois mentio In Search of Respect describes the social structure of the drug business.
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio
This ethnography may be even more important now, as anthropologists are no longer allowed to work in such dangerous situations, making this a one of a kind work. Selected pages Page 5. Jul 07, Dragos rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this to be a frustrating read.