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In Search of Respect

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Rather than that, it would be much more subtle to use the phrase “risk environment” to help understand how poverty articulates more specifically and precisely with substandard educational institutions, infrastructure, and inaccessibility to decent food, sanitary food sources, decent employment and the public sector services that most middle–class clusters take for granted.Philippe Bourgois, while performing his research, had to develop a respectable rapport in order to try and understand the functionality of this risk environment in East Harlem by the second generation Puerto Rican community living here. He admits that aspects of negative ethnicity and racial profiling evident at the time made him intimidated towards the thought of moving into the neighborhood. Having undergone intense apartheid treatment by the social and legal structural systems of the country, the Latino community may have segregated themselves into the East Harlem area. Welcoming other races could prove to be difficult, or so it seems to the outside world of this community. However, Philippe managed to normalize this conundrum by bringing his wife over to settle down, where they eventually had a child. This hugely contributed to the normalization of the wrongly previously perceived situation.Having a child and having the children in El Barrio be the first to open up to the author brought about a different concept. The American social and economic structures actually worked to cordon off non-Caucasian communities from having access to basic amenities plus decent, mostly white collar, employment, health care and business ventures. The surge of hard drug peddling was at its peak in African American and Latino communities in the 80s. There was a ubiquitous increase in the use of crack cocaine and cases of marijuana by these ethnic communities, believed to be exacerbated by lack of decent employment, or any type of employment at that matter. Crack is a cheaper derivative of the traditional cocaine. Its availability and affordability, and the fact that it can be smoked rather than snorted or injected, makes it more appealing to consumers (Bourgois, 2003). What may have seemed to be a part time recreational activity led to deep addiction and consequently, interpersonal violence. As Philippe’s wife came to visually experience. This is one of the situation perceived to have brought about the “culture of the
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