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
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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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