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In Search of Respect

In Search of Respect
Selling Crack in El Barrio

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Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521017114

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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

    • New prologue and epilogue bring this story up to date
    • Eyewitness account of violence, crime, substance abuse, sexual abuse, domestic strife, and family crisis in the ghetto
    • Theoretical discussion of the intersection of race, class, gender, individual responsibility, and social structural constraints in creating the problems of the inner city
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Some of the best ethnographic research being conducted today concerns the use of crack cocaine in different inner- and outer-cities. Anthropologist Philippe Bourgois spent several years studying the crack trade in his East Harlem community...He was able to gain entry to a world of economic, gender, age, and ethnic relationships that are closed to representatives of official society." ICCA Journal

    "offers one of the most closely observed accounts we are likely to get of the urban crack provides a fascinating account of the obstacles crack sellers face as they seek to earn a living." New York Review of Books

    "Now In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, by Philippe Bourgois, brings the lives of these crack dealers 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....Bourgois offers us truly culturally privileged information...for anyone interested in the brutal truth about drug dealing in our inner cities, In Search of Respect is the place to look." Washington Post Book World

    "...[a] masterful study of the drug trade in upper Manhattan....[a] fascinating book....Bourgois' wealth of detail adds greatly to his picture of the internal logic of ghetto life....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." London Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521017114
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the 2001 second edition
    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. Redrawing the gender line on the street
    7. Families and children in pain
    8. Vulnerable fathers
    9. Conclusion
    Epilogue 2001.

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  • Author

    Philippe Bourgois, San Francisco State University

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