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 learned that prejudice and racism played an important role in the characters’ lives in that it was almost like a predetermining factor. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 having our perception censored by Bourgois’ personal viewpoint.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Return to Book Page. Bourgois’ wealth of detail adds greatly to his picture of the internal logic of ghetto life One of the author’s oft-used phrases in the book is “an example of public sector breakdown.

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Dec jn, Kert Tandog rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, bourgios 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.

The beautifully written and well organised ethnography gives an insight into the drug scene culture with its harsh and shocking details of violence. Bourgois rails against solutions that superficially takes on the problems in El Barrio. Now that he has invasively probed the personal lives ssearch these people and this philipe, what do you do with that information? Sep 09, rhea rated it liked it Shelves: 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.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Bourgois’ portraits are so carefully executed, so unflinching, that it’s impossible to walk away from this book without a profoundly different perspective on the inner city.

Jan 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bourgois is also the author of over academic and popular press articles addressing segregation in the U.

I don’t think that the individual is wholly to blame or even mostly, for that matter I ruined my hands from typing too much pf then ruined my throat from dictating when I could no longer type. It’s as much a shock to us, two hundred pages in, as it is when he first hears it.

Also revealed is how a drug user becomes stuck in their ways often due to prejudice against them, trapped and unable to better their situation without external help. So I learned to limit myself to two per night. Crack did not get the negative reputation among poor whites. This is of course, a very traditional progressive argument, but Bourgoia does not fail to empower his subjects with their own sense of responsibility for the situation they are in.

Table of contents Preface to the second edition; Introduction; 1. The men profiled in this ethnography bourgkis 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 redpect structural violence that only allows its victims to perform gender and cultural roles in the most superficial and self-destructive ways.

Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them. Jan 23, Possum Paderau 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 things may seem normal to them but horrific to us. He deals a great bit with violence, rape and gang rape in a detailed way that could be triggering and is definitely stomach wrenching.


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Account Options Sign in. Nov 02, Meegan rated it liked it. Bourgois never really fleshes out his In Search of Respect idea. The truth behind the crack and the suffering in the beast, nobody deals it or does it because they want to but the consequences are horrific and we all live amongst the results.

Crack became a household word in the late fall of that year.

Philippe Bourgois

In Search of Respect: This was a required read for my Cultural Anthropology class. I appreciated his look at the overall societal problems that encompass the individuals in these situations, but there were times when Philipps felt like he backed too far off of his subjects in order to t Bourgois presents his readers with a mind-numbing ethnography on the disenfranchised Puerto Rican crack dealers of NYC’s poorest areas.

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 published in and in was awarded the Margaret Mead Award. The author’s interspersed research and academic-toned explanations for the symptoms of deeper societal problem – i.

The six-year-old in the book now designs web pages. Of course there will always be a price to pay. Was Bourgois adequately critical of the power dynamics operating among their daily interactions? But rape – and the gender ideology that shape its existence and justification within the context of poverty – cannot be ignored. Philippe Bourgois’ ethnography in the heart of El Barrio East Harlem brings some of the most shocking and revealing facts about culture shock.

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