In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio / Edition 2

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For the first time, an anthropologist has managed to gain the confianza and long-term friendship of street-level drug dealers in one of the roughest ghetto neighborhoods in the United States - East Harlem. For four years, the author had completely free rein to observe, tape-record, and photograph every facet of the lives of some two dozen Puerto Rican crack dealers. By presenting their crack-house conversations in context, he conveys in their own words the most intimate and taboo details of their personal lives: from violent crime and gang rape, to tender friendships and childhood dreams of glory and dignity.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anthropologist Bourgois chose "addicts, thieves, and [drug] dealers to be [his] best friends and acquaintances" during his three-and-one-half-year research residency in New York City's Spanish Harlem. This experience-packed account of social interactions and relations is the result of great amounts of time spent on the street, in crackhouses, and in the homes of East Harlem's residents, who are caught up in a constant struggle against personal powerlessness. A "wealth" of available drugs fosters major substance abuse that overlays and exacerbates the failure of individuals to overcome poverty and unsupportive if not outwardly antagonistic and racist power structures. Bourgois is not sanguine about the implementation of possible solutions to the not atypical plight of El Barrio's poverty-stricken (nonestablishment) people, who are too often self- or other-destructive in their often futile search for integrity. This look at a major inner-city problem is highly recommended for academic and larger public library social science collections.-Susanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
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'In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, by Philippe Bourgois, brings the lives of these crack sellers into brilliant focus. Bourgois' raw and poignant book delivers a message about the economics of exclusion that should shake public perceptions of the inner-city drug trade.' Greg Donaldson, The Washington Post

'Critics have called this 'stunning reporting' and 'riveting' - read it and you will see why.' L. C. C. J. Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521815628
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences Series, #10
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2003 Second Edition
Introduction 1
1 Violating Apartheid in the United States 19
2 A Street History of El Barrio 48
3 Crackhouse Management: Addiction, Discipline, and Dignity 77
4 "Goin' Legit": Disrespect and Resistance at Work 114
5 School Days: Learning to be a Better Criminal 174
6 Redrawing the Gender Line on the Street 213
7 Families and Children in Pain 259
8 Vulnerable Fathers 287
9 Conclusion 318
Epilogue 328
Epilogue 2003 339
Notes 352
Bibliography 378
Index 393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    Striking, Horrific and Enlightening

    Striking, horrific at times and ultimately enlightening, this book rips away the facade we'd like to see and gets to what is. It gets to the heart of the struggles those in El Barrio of New York must face. Their viable options are few, their solutions repellent, but these are real people. For a look inside the El Barrio of the nineties, read this book!

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