In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 407 pages
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Philippe Bourgois's ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim when it was first published in 1995. 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. 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. 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. Philippe Bourgois is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has conducted fieldwork in Central America on ethnicity and social unrest and is the author of Ethnicity at Work: Divided Labor on a Central American Banana Plantation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989). He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco. 1/e hb ISBN (1996) 0-521-43518-8 1/e pb ISBN (1996) 0-521-57460-9
 

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Review: In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

User Review  - Dragos - Goodreads

Bourgois' most famous book is an insightful if all over the place ethnography that details the lives of several crack dealers in East Harlem at the height of the Crack epidemic. While it attempts an ... Read full review

Review: In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

User Review  - Craig Anthony - Goodreads

Had to read this for university, but it was amazing. Anyone with an interest in anthropological fieldwork or seeing the realities of life on the wrong side of the tracks will love this book! Read full review

Contents

Violating Apartheid in the United States
19
A Street History of El Barrio
48
Crackhouse Management Addiction Discipline and Dignity
77
Goin Legit Disrespect and Resistance at Work
114
School Days Learning to be a Better Criminal
174
Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street
213
Families and Children in Pain
259
Vulnerable Fathers
287
Conclusion
318
Epilogue
328
Epilogue 2003
339
Notes
352
Bibliography
378
Index
393
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