In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Paperback Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

By (author) Philippe I. Bourgois

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  • Format: Paperback | 406 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 26 July 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521574609
  • ISBN 13: 9780521574600
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 14 b/w illus. 1 map 1 table

Product description

In this compelling study of the crack business in East Harlem, Philippe Bourgois argues that a cultural struggle for respect has led some residents of 'El Barrio' away from the legal job market, and into a downward spiral of crime and poverty. During his many years living in the neighborhood, Bourgois eventually gained the confianza of enough Barrio residents to present their hopes, plans, and disappointments in their own words. The result is an engaging and often disturbing look at the problems of the inner-city, America's greatest domestic failing. Winner of the 1997 Margaret Mead Award

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Review quote

'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

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Violating apartheid in the United States; 2. A street history of El Barrio; 3. Crackhouse management: addiction, discipline, and dignity; 4. 'Goin' legit': disrespect and resistance at work; 5. School days: learning to be a better criminal; 6. Redefining gender on the street; 7. Families and children in pain; 8. Vulnerable fathers; 9. Conclusion; Epilogue.