Anthro - Armando Munoz Anthrcul 101.042 2-21-08 It is often...

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Armando Munoz Anthrcul 101.042 2-21-08 It is often thought that in order to have a proper ethnographic study of a culture, said culture must be located in a remote location somewhere in this world, which is most often Africa; however, Philippe Bourgois has spent over 3 years of his life examining the culture of East Harlem, New York. Bourgois’ main argument in his book is the social marginalization of crack dealers in the “Barrio” of East Harlem. It is important to note that the social marginalization of this group of people was not self-inflicted; rather the elite society of New York City has prevented these drug dealers and addicts to make fulfilling progress towards society. Bourgois uses many ethnographic techniques in gathering his information such as interviews, life history, and genealogy. All these techniques are important in order to understand the full spectrum of life that these crack dealers have had to deal with. Bourgois is able to establish his argument of the social marginalization of crack dealers by the elitist society step by step through an emphasis on the constant obstacles that these crack dealers face. In order to properly examine how he makes his argument, an analysis of how Bourgois went from a skinny, white man whom nobody knew on the streets of East Harlem to a genuine friend to the supposed underlings of society. The most significant facet of an ethnographic study of a culture is the inclusion into the society and culture you are attempting to research. The establishment of rapport was the first step in Bourgois’ research. Without the acceptance and trust of the “drug culture”, Bourgois’ book would not have achieved such an in-depth view into a society that no one has been able to gain access to in the past. After establishing a known crack dealer friend, Primo, Bourgois was able to reach deep down in to the infrastructure of the drug-dealing network of a “thirty-two-year-old Puerto Rican crack entrepreneur,” Ray
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Armando Munoz Anthrcul 101.042 2-21-08 (Bourgois 19). Since Ray was the highest ranking member of this specific crack dealing
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