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MIT21A_218JS10_q04 - Questions on Bourgois 1-337 In Search...

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Questions on Bourgois 1-337 In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in el Barrio 1. On p. 11, Bourgois says that “Any detailed examination of social marginalization encounters serious problems with the politics of representation…” What does he mean? 2. What does “the interface between structural oppression and individual action” refer to? (p. 12) 3. Bourgois both appreciates the postmodern trend in anthropology and critiques it. What does he mean by “postmodern”? By “self-conscious reflexivity?” (pp. 13-14) 4. Bourgois refers to “anthropology’s functionalist paradigm” in a critical manner. Discuss. (p. 14) 5. “Participant-observation requires researchers to be physically present and personally involved.” What are the risks of this research strategy? Compare Bourgois’ approach to Pascoe’s. 6. What does Bourgois mean when he writes about “succumbing to a pornography of violence that reinforces popular racist stereotypes”? (p. 15) How can one avoid doing this? Did you succumb while reading the book? Describe your reactions. 7. Bourgois refers to anthropologist Oscar Lewis’s research in Spanish Harlem in the 1960s as containing “psychologically reductionist descriptions.” What does this mean? 8.
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course ANTHRO 218 taught by Professor Jackson during the Fall '10 term at MIT.

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MIT21A_218JS10_q04 - Questions on Bourgois 1-337 In Search...

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