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ISBN: 0521574609 / ISBN-13: 9780521574600

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

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  • In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Cambridge University Press) – Trade paperback (1996)
    by Professor Philippe Bourgois

    In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

    Trade paperback, Cambridge University Press
    1996
    English
    406 pages

    ISBN: 0521574609
    ISBN-13: 9780521574600

    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 ... Show more

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royofolney

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by royofolney on 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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