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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I fact, it may just be the failure to upkeep this responsibility which leads many of his subjects to frustration, abuse and violence.

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. I found this to be a frustrating read. While at times I had to put the book down because my stomach and my mind couldn’t be complicit in this seeming misuse of privilege, who am I to determine if someone can or can not consent to such a detailed published account of their liv This book chronicles Bourgois’ public infiltration of the crack dealer social scene in East Harlem, New York City.

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Selling Crack in El Barrio, by Philippe Bourgois, brings the lives of these crack dealers into brilliant focus. Book ratings by Goodreads. 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. I would recommend Philippe Bourgois. The work is refreshing as it is deeply personal whilst at the same time highlighting the challenges facing policymakers, law-makers and civil society alike.

May 10, William Lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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–East Harlem. He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

Bourgois’ main point in this effort is to piece together a social-economic and political-histo This book needs to be read in pieces, and then re-read at least twice more. Un abordaje complejo, comprensivo y riguroso. The title is very informative. In the introduction, Bourgois reveals his personal struggle with the complexities of representing the people and community of El Barrio, concluding with conviction that a brutally honest account of the inner-city poor is imperative.


Bourgois mentions a great deal about social issues including poverty, drugs, sex and racism. This very book is far from being just an ethnography. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It was really useful in putting into perspective the challenges of ethnography, ethical, practical, intellectual and so on, and it was a really good example of what the complete, clear, humane, and enlightening kind of ethnography new anthropologist should aspire to write.

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–East Harlem.

A very personal look at the intimate lives of crack dealers in Harlem. However, Bourgois’s analysis of their experience and his excuse-making for their misdeeds ruined this book for me.

My only criticism would be that there are perhaps an excess of quoted passages of Bourgois’ interviewees seafch at length about a particular subject.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I have more ideas and I’ll edit this review the more I digest what I read and think about it. However, if you want to read an interesting book on poverty in the US or if you’re looking for an example on how structural features, historical developments, and cultural ideas can intersect and lead to social marginalisation, this is the book for you. Sep 09, rhea rated it liked it Shelves: However, what kept me going was Bourgois’ honesty in addressing his own reaction to these things, and how that for him sesrch hard to hear and put him in a morally ambiguous situation at times.


He was able to gain entry to a world of economic, gender, age, and ethnic relationships that are closed to representatives of official society. Overall, I admired the writer and his themes, however, due to the language and content, I will not be re-reading this.

References to this book Immigrant America: Furthermore, everything is revealed in these interviews, the good and the bad; thus, successfully humanising a group of people who had often experienced the exact opposite. Nov 14, Kristin rated it liked it.

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.

While the ethnography isn’t meant to set in stone a macrolevel analysis, it however manages to make us question some the most fundamental values of society. 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. 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 t Bourgois presents his readers with a mind-numbing ethnography on the disenfranchised Puerto Rican crack dealers of NYC’s poorest areas.


Other editions – View all In Search of Respect: Bourgois rightly champions them as symbols of the American Dream, the idealization of hard work as a road to a better life – it’s how they view their drug deals, given that finding work in the ‘legal work force’ is nearly impossible due to substandard practices at the entry level.

Throughout the book, Phillip Bourgois interviews drug dealers in East Harlem. 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. But rape – and the gender ideology that shape its existence and justification within the context of poverty – cannot be ignored.

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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