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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A positive point is that when neighbors came to visit our house, they were always respectful to my wife and child.
Overall, this was a great ethnography, and kudos to Bourgois for immersing himself fully in this society despite the warnings he got not to.
This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s. Second, a big public misperception exists about individual agency.
The author is an anthropologist who spent five years in the late s and early s living and working among drug dealers and crack addicts in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. Struggling to fit in and live an economically stable life, Puerto Ricans are brought to hunt for something much bigger than just money.
Someone like Primo the main character in the book, In Search of Respectwho is struggling with being responsible is not unworthy. Furthermore, everything is revealed searrch these interviews, the good and the bad; thus, successfully humanising a group of people who had often experienced the exact xearch. January 26, at Lots of middle class and virtually all upper class people in the US cheat on their taxes, so are they all good or all bad?
Selected pages Page 5. For instance, one man who had already been established as a criminal figure, and who admitted to looking disheveled in a particular situation and acting in a suspicious manner was treated in a “racist” way by a woman who ran away from him in fear.
Her students had just finished pf In Search of Respect: Bourgois mentions a great deal about social issues including poverty, drugs, sex and racism. If we could just figure out what our personal hangups are — the ones that want to keep our playing fields un-equal — we might find ourselves surprised by happiness.
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio
Dec 12, Kert Tandog rated it it was amazing Shelves: They are looking for something to justify their very lifestyles. Bourgois, in a new ij, brings up to date the stories of the people – Primo, Caesar, Luis, Tony, Candy – who readers come to know in this remarkable window onto the world of the inner-city drug trade.
Sep 24, Philoppe rated it really liked it Shelves: What she found difficult in East Harlem was seeing drug addicts, interpersonal violence, and people shouting at each other. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find pilippe new favourite book. So, we are meant to judge this woman as racist a very morally-charged term because she perceived danger and reacted in fear.
Bourgois’ ethnographic research of the crack dealers and their families revealed the structural barriers that marginalized the minority group of Puerto Ricans, and how their violent street culture further isolated them from mainstream society. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. By deciding to bring his wife and kid to live in a sector where you cannot take a step forward without cracking vials that once carried a substance by which many couldn’t live a day without, he was able to learn that policies shouldn’t only be focused on the individual and their problems.
In Search of Respect: Finally, I would add that in his excuse-making for actions that even his subjects viewed as immoral through the idea of “culture,” Bourgois reduces them below the level of individual people, capable of free will.
Jan 24, Judah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bourgois rails against solutions that superficially takes on the problems in El Barrio.
In a new epilogue Bourgois brings up to date the stories of the people–Primo, Caesat, Luis, Tony, Candy–who readers come to know in this remarkable window onto the world of the inner city drug trade. The work is refreshing as it is deeply personal whilst at the same time highlighting the challenges facing policymaker Philippe Bourgois’ drug ethnography work has been incredibly influential – both globally and in my own work as well.
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.
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. Risk environment is a much more useful concept for understanding why people do what they do on the streets.
It was the kids on the block where I lived who were the first to welcome me. Is talking about structural reasons for people’s behaviors even useful whe I have so many complicated feelings about this book that are rooted in the complicated feelings I have about the subject matter, moreso than the way Bourgois presents it.
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First, please tell us why you decided to do your dissertation fieldwork in the United States? Bourgois presents his readers with a mind-numbing ethnography on the disenfranchised Puerto Rican crack dealers of NYC’s poorest areas. Selling Crack in El Barrio.
Instead, one has to take the history of Puerto Rican immigrants and the broader structural features of US society into account. I think this book warrants 5 out of 5 stars. 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.
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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.
In Search of Respect. Not until the next year did marijuana explode in response to crack and cocaine, and heroin, which had devastated the generation before me. This is portrayed beautifully through his use of practice theory, outlining the way in which the government failed them from the time they were young and in school, and were not taught the proper ways to interact with beaurocratic forces and the legal economy, leaving them at a marked disadvantage.
A diffcult but very valuable book. A street history of El Barrio; 3. Key theories 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.
The baby who Maria was pregnant with in the book, is now 18 years old. When I told her about my new project in East Harlem, she started asking her friends in Costa Rica about it. 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.
Apr 15, Todd Evans rated it it was amazing.
This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it’s very accessible and could be read by anyone. Lists with This Book.