In this compelling study of the crack business in East Harlem, 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. 14 halftones. Map.In this compelling study of the crack business in East Harlem, 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. 14 halftones. Map.Read Less
392 pages. Softcover. Very good condition. ADDICTIONS. 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. Documents the full range of human experience and emotion in the struggle for survival and dignity on the street. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Drugs, Murder, Crack, Women, Violence, East Harlem, Substance Abuse, New York City, Racism, Social Conditions, Puerto Ricans, Marginality, Mothers, Afro-Americans, Marijuana, Hispanic Americans, Heroin, Drug Trafficking, Gender Relations, Families, Crime, Cocaine, Childen, Alcoholism, Philippe Bourgois).
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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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