Caesar: She got damaged, man, because she hit that iron thing that we got there stuck in the cement. Avon Barksdale is also certainly high on the hierarchy, but plays a very different role. But the bottom line, Felipe, is survival of the fittest - or survival with a helmet, because I had got wild. Bourgois embeds himself he brings his wife and kid with him to live in the middle of El Barrio for 3+ years into the crack selling culture in El Barrio. It's just like I want my people to be there for me.
Caesar: And she rnusra broke that ass, 'cause she tripped and fell face first. Once you take that first blast, then the whole night is going to be a total adventure into madness. I felt like I got to know the people he interviewed, and even if some of the things they did seemed purely evil, I had sympathy for them because I had the opportunity to hear their stories, and understand what brought them to the decisions they made. Primo later confided in me that he had to restrain Caesar after three blows to keep him from killing the man while he lay unconscious on the floor. He writes an empathetic, at the same time critical, view of self-destructiveness and violence normalised in the daily lives of Puerto Ricans in New York.
I find it interesting that these gangs hold some values in such high regard while at the same time being able to take human lives so easily. This point is clearly illustrated in Hamsterdam. Edit Reply I think another very interesting part of the game is the way all the different organizations participate in and have respect for high-level meetings and talks. Everybody be ripping them off; they easy prey 'cause they illegal most of them. Crack dealers have to have organic ties to the street scene in order to be able to recognize the bona fide addict or user from the undercover impostor.
Edit Reply I also find this very interesting. Befriending crack and heroin using Puerto Ricans that roam the streets and live by the underground economy that pulses in El Barrio, Philippe Bourgois shows that there's so much more than what the eye can see. Toward the end of my residence on the block, I frequently asked Primo to give me retrospective accounts of the half-dozen workers he had hired over the five years I knew him at the Game Room. Hence, his childhood friendship with his employee, Luis, was cemented into a quasi kin-relationship by their having fathered children with the same woman. It really gave me more ability to relate to all human beings.
Another crucial service fulfilled by Primo's hang-out network as well as his lookouts was to screen for narcotics agents. In addition to being homeless, the individuals have to face. The Manager is sure he will cut him out, since boys are nuisances. He was like a Buster Douglas size. Father elaborates the tragedy in their drama. The key theme in the book includes inequality and social advocacy in the society.
In a way, it was my own fault. He was exceptionally generous, and he regularly treated his friends co beer, liquor, and occasional sniffs of cocaine. The role had a stimulating power about it. Primo could not help but share this suspicion. Is there a reason for this? He also usually suspected new people who joined his hang-out crowd of being emissaries gathering intelligence for a future holdup crew. He does talk about respect a bit here and there but I don't really feel like he fleshed out his thesis well enough for me to be satisfied with it. Once, three years ago, I had lunch in Harlem with a crack dealer.
It's only whites eating there, like I seen alor'a' whites there. It became a homeless community wherein the inhabitants turn to drugs, becoming addicted to it, to cover up their misery and suffering. Un abordaje complejo, comprensivo y riguroso. By deciding to bring his wife and kid to live in a sector where you cannot take a step forward without cracking vials that once carried a substance by which many couldn't live a day without, he was able to learn that policies shouldn't only be focused on the individual and their problems. Bourgois's central argument is that cycles of poverty in the United States exist and persist because of huge structural inequities.
An interesting new insight into the street culture found in New York was captured in this book. In other words, Benzie started using crack while working legally, and not until he quit his legitimate job to work full time as a crack dealer was he able to kick his crack habit. A modern-day Oscar Lewis, Philippe aims to enlarge the discussion around the interactions of agency and structure through an analysis of a culture of opposition embedded within a web of social, historical, and economic forces. Bourgois' raw and poignant book delivers a message about the economics of exclusion that should shake public perceptions of the inner-city drug trade. Relaxing after the end of the night shift in my apartment living room with Primo and Caesar, I tape-recorded one particularly anxious conversation. I have so many complicated feelings about this book that are rooted in the complicated feelings I have about the subject matter, moreso than the way Bourgois presents it.
. The animals have no way of fighting back. The higher crime rate, argues Bourgois, occurs for the most part within the factions of the underground economy. The problem is certainly made clear by Bourgois' impeccable analysis, but the solutions, summed up in his 'Conclusions' chapter are not as clear. At time, I even forgot that the dealers were real persons and not just characters in a novel.
Bourgois writes a powerful ethnography about people entwined with substance abuse in East Harlem. Sometime in the early to mid-1980s, marijuana importers working the Latin American supply routes adapted to the escalating levels of search-and-seizure they were facing at U. While his claim was particularly shocking to me at first, after reading the rest of his piece and thinking about his claim in the context of The Wire, it definitely makes more sense. The institution of compadrazgo is a powerful tradition in Puerto Rican culture that sanctifies solidarity and reciprocal obligations between men. Depending on supply and demand, runners periodically delivered extra bundles and picked up cash receipts. Edit Reply I agree with Anthony in that the use of strong family ties sets drug organizations apart from other corporate structures.