In Search of Respect (2nd ed.)

Selling Crack in El Barrio


Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences (No. 10)

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.

In The Press

'… rich interview and observational data is used to tell the stories of the residents … It is clear that Bourgois is a very skilled ethnographer and the book is testimony to that.' Sociology