In Search of Respect : Selling Crack in El Barrio, Paperback

In Search of Respect : Selling Crack in El Barrio Paperback

Part of the Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences series

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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 the streets of East Harlem in the six years since the first edition.

Bourgois, in a new epilogue, brings up to date the stories of the people - Primo, Caesar, Luis, Tony, Candy - who readers come to know in this remarkable window onto the world of the inner-city drug trade.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 16 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
  • ISBN: 9780521017114



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This is an incredibly well written ethnography, it's very accessible and could be read by anyone. Really illustrates the problems of people in ghettoised areas, with restricted access to the job market and a stigma attached to them.

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