Those experiences include the interactions between him with people in East Harlem, his observations of the underground drug business and the conversations he had with family members of the people who involved in the drug market.
Feb 12, Andrew rated it liked it This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s. The more I went deeper into the book, the more I realized that they were actually victims of the vicious drug cycle. Cambridge University Press, pp. Upon their arrival, Puerto Rican immigrants in East Harlem were met with hostility.
The powerful authority figure he created was used to hide his weakness and his vulnerable side. In the book, Ray abuses this tactic to run his crack house successfully for many years. It was a huge job opportunity for most men in East Harlem and incomes generated from it outcompete every other job opportunities.
These factors also lead to their redefining of self-worth and respect around promiscuity, gratuitous violence and substance abuse. It is also a message to us about poverty in many parts of our country. The book does an amazing job at depicting East Harlem community.
The dealers and addicts would avoid him because they thought he was an undercover cop. He questioned about the hidden resources that helped those people to maintain their basic needs. CYS is dedicated to helping us deal with the bigger picture. How might you follow up this interest and concern?
Through what happen in East Harlem, we can analyze the causes of crime, violence and drug abuse. In fact, the incomes generated from selling drug were so attractive that the author was surprised that many people still maintained their legal jobs.
He has also conducted research in Central America on ethnicity and social unrest and is the author of Ethnicity at Work: Implications Violence from the drug competition and gangs fills the news.
Many subsequently returned to the drug trade. During their adulthood, most Puerto Ricans living in East Harlem divided their labor between service sector jobs in high-rise inner-city housing projects and participation in the underground economy.
In Search of Respect: In order to learn more about the system of the underground economy, Philippe had to be a part of it. East Harlem residents lack the social skills and knowledge required for most jobs in the city. Some of the jobs he applied for included security guard, working in the kitchen of a health club as a dishwasher, a maintenance engineering training program, etc.
Crack and cocaine selling provides the necessary income for them to survive. Would you be interested in reading the book itself? Selling Crack in El Barrio is a powerful, detailed and eye-opening description of inner-city poverty, racism and class segregation in New York.
In fact, it is safe to walk around East Harlem during the day and even early in the evening. To Bourgois, everyone seeks respect. We must prepare ourselves to deal with complexity and brace ourselves with patience and persistence to face a long effort for justice—for true respect and genuine dignity.
Therefore, in order to improve the well being of a particular population, we need to know the context of their culture. We learn from lecture that global health is the health of populations in global context that transcends national boundaries. It is a no brainer that most residents end up involving in the drug market.
The way he talked and acted were so different from the rest of East Harlem residents. The characters such as Primo, Caesar, and Ray were the different voice and perspective came through in the work. However, it is surprising to find out that the high unemployment rate is not because people there are lazy and refuse to get jobs but because they are unable to find ones.
Every small business he created resulted in failure. They act tough in public to gain respect from their peers. Bourgois insists that there are no simple solutions to the problems his street friends face.
Violence and crime rate will also decrease as a result.
People from different cultures perceive health and illness differently.In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews/5(4). in Search of Respect Notes - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.
In Search of Respect-Selling Crack in El Barrio--Bourgois. Philippe Bourgeois - In Search of Respect. A Street History of El Barrio - Puerto Rico is a financial liability to the U.S., has never been an economically /5(17).
SELLING CRACK IN EL BARRIO SUMMARIES Intro to Chapter (pg): Puerto Rico has been a “Free Associated Commonwealth” under America’s Control since The term “Free Associated Commonwealth” meant that Puerto Rican residents were not allowed to vote. The In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you.
As a white man in El Barrio you were either an "undercover cop or you were a crack addict". When the trust was gained, he infiltrated their everyday lives through their underground business of selling crack in various locations in the neighborhood.
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio Bourgois' ethnographic research of the crack dealers and their families revealed the structural barriers that marginalized the minority group of Puerto Ricans, and how their violent street culture further isolated them from mainstream society.Download