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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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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.

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May 22, Jonas Carlsson rated it really liked it. Jan 23, Possum Paderau rated it really liked it. 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.

All in all though the books for this class seem to be more interesting than in other levels. Mixed Methods Social Networks Research: Bourgois’ wealth of detail adds lhilippe to his picture of the internal logic of ghetto life The Sociologist who wrote this has some balls.

They are looking for something to justify their very lifestyles. All in all, in search of respect also respfct me with a touching story rrspect life in the poorest pockets of New York and how hard it is for ethn I read this book as part of my anthropology course and found it really interesting!

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

This book uses their voices to explore poverty, the drug trade, and street culture. 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.


I have more ideas and I’ll edit this review the more I digest what I read and think about it. Bourgois’s perspective is always structural to the nth degree, philkppe here he weaves together how Puerto Rican “culture” shapes the interactions of immigrants even multiple generations down the line and how this in turn is affected by thhe changing US economic landscape rrspect related disappearance of entry level jobs. Much of the book consists of conversations Bourgois recorded and then transcribed, so there IS actually a realness to it and Bourgois is aware of the unequal dynamic he is creating and touches on engagement with this problem in the book.

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences: A Street History of El Barrio.

Dec 15, Garxin rated it really liked it. Jan 01, Haroon rated it it was amazing. Sometime in the early to mids, marijuana importers working the Latin American supply routes adapted to the escalating levels of search-and-seizure they were facing at U. The beautifully written and well organised ethnography gives an insight into the drug scene culture with its harsh and shocking details of violence.

Families and Children in Philippr. Description 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.

I would recommend Philippe Bourgois. This was a really good ethnography.

I definetely believe he achieves this. Other editions – View all In Search of Respect: Or, conversely, when do structural explanations end and personal accountability ;hilippe to be invoked?

I could go on, but it is actually very hard for me to pin down this book in a review, but I certainly recommend this book to people who are interested in the truth. Was Bourgois taking advantage of the trust that he had gained? Refresh and try again.


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. Feb 28, Lauren added it Shelves: As a white, middle-class, college-educated man, Bourgois faces many obstacles to finding “the real story” to share with people who read such books.

Overall, this was a great ethnography, and kudos to Bourgois for immersing himself fully in this society despite the warnings he got not to. The most interesting illumination is how a crack dealer’s occupation isn’t much more rewarding than minimum wage, though one thing it offers is sure employment. When does personal responsibility end and structural responsibility begin?

References to this book Immigrant America: He has shown the ways in which marginalisation within urban ‘ghettos’ fuels drug use and the drug trade. Apart from having a highly nuanced theorising, this is perhaps one of the books that elicited so much emotions searrch me – a testament to the good writing that Bourgois had rendered his ethnography.

I don’t think that the individual is wholly to blame or even mostly, for that matter Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence.