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    In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) (Paperback) By (author) Philippe I. Bourgois


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    DescriptionIn 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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    In Search of Respect
    Selling Crack in El Barrio
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philippe I. Bourgois
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 406
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 537 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521574600
    ISBN 10: 0521574609

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL, JFFH1
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, SOC026030
    DC20: 362.298097471
    LC classification: HV5810 .B68 1995
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, JBFN
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    14 b/w illus. 1 map 1 table
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    26 July 1996
    Publication City/Country
    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.