Publisher description for In search of respect : selling crack in El Barrio / Philippe Bourgois.
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In this compelling study of the crack business in East Harlem, Philippe 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. During his many years living in the neighborhood, Bourgois eventually gained the confianza of enough Barrio residents to present their hopes, plans, and disappointments in their own words. The result is an engaging and often disturbing look at the problems of the inner-city, America's greatest domestic failing. Winner of the 1997 Margaret Mead Award
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Crack (Drug) New York (State) New York, Drug traffic New York (State) New York, African Americans Drug use New York (State) New York, African Americans New York (State) New York Social conditions, Hispanic Americans Drug use New York (State) New York, Hispanic Americans New York (State) New York Social conditions, Informal sector (Economics) New York (State) New York, Marginality, Social New York (State) New York, New York (N, Y, ) Economic conditions, New York (N, Y, ) Social conditions