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Search for Respect In Search of Respect Selling Crack in El Barrio was published in 1995 It is a straight forward insiders look at life in the East Harlem neighborhood known as El Barrio Philippe Bourgois moved his family into El Barrio in 1985 to study the impact of imposed racial segregation and economic marginalzation on the inner city Puerto Rican population intro pg1 He first went there to look at the entire untaxed underground economy from baby sitting off-track betting to drug dealing as these were the means which most of the families living in El Barrio were able to survive By the end of the first year of living there Philippe realized in one way or another that crack had infiltrated everyones life in El Barrio Crack had consumed the underground economy of East Harlem and changed it and therefore he changed the focus of his book He was now going to look at how crack played apart in everyones lives With this new variable running rampant in their community he now wanted to look at their daily struggles for subsistence and dignity at the poverty line intro pg 2 with in this new context He asks in studying the street culture how does growing up in an environment like that affect one in their ability to function productively in mainstream society He goes back and looks at the history of Puerto Ricans from Puerto Rico to New York City and puts in to perspective how that helps shape their culture in El Barrio Bourgois conducts his research for this book by putting himself in direct daily contact with the subjects of this book Though participant observation he was able to delve deep into the personal lives of the crack dealers addicts and people effected by the epidemic He also attended holidays and family function in order to get a more humanistic and holistic view of this society Imagine trying to make
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