In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio


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In Search of Respect, Philippe Bourgois's now-classic, ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner-city America, won critical acclaim after it was first published in 1995 and in 1997 was awarded the Margaret Mead Award. 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 in the United States - East Harlem. This edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics in America that have altered life on ...

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Feb 5, 2009


A great analysis of the historical continuation of poverty stricken ghetto life. The up close interviews make you feel compassion for the dealers being interviewed until some less than stellar actions they participated in are revealed. Gets to the root of drug dealing in particular, and the vicious cycle of poverty in general. If you want an up close and personal of what street life in an American inner city ghetto entails, this book provides a very real window into that world.

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