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NCJ Number: 166362 Find in a Library
Title: In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio
Author(s): P Bourgois
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 400
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
New York, NY 10011-4211
Publication Number: ISBN 0-521-43518-8
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
Journal Division
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author, an anthropologist, managed to gain the confidence and friendship of street-level drug dealers in East Harlem, New York, and had free rein to observe, record, and photograph many facets of the lives of Puerto Rican crack dealers.
Abstract: By presenting crack house conversations in context, the author conveys intimate details about the personal lives of crack dealers, from violent crime and gang rape to tender friendships and childhood dreams of glory and dignity. The book documents the full range of human experiences and emotions in the struggle for survival on the street. The author argues that a cultural struggle for respect led some individuals away from the legal job market and into a downward spiral of crime and poverty. Most of the barrio residents he interviewed held legal jobs, but cultural clashes, and racism they experienced in the white upper class world eventually convinced many of them to seek employment in the local crack house. Far from operating in an irrational realm of society, street drug dealers were attracted to the drug business because they believed in the American dream. The author makes a theoretical contribution to social science's understanding of the relationship between culture and economy, between individual responsibility and structural constraints, and between men and women with changing family values. References and photographs
Main Term(s): Drug business
Index Term(s): Crack; Cultural influences; Economic influences; New York; Puerto Ricans; Urban criminality
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