Philippe Bourgois

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When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
Ernest Becker
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Philippe Bourgois (b. 1956) is a Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has conducted research in Central America on ethnicity and social unrest.


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (1995)

Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-01711-4

  • Self-destructive addiction is merely the medium for desperate people to internalize their frustration, resistance, and powerlessness. In other words, we can safely ignore the drug hysteria that periodically sweeps through the United States. Instead we should focus our ethical concerns and political energies on the contradictions posed by the persistence of inner-city poverty in the midst of extraordinary opulence. In the same vein, we need to recognize and dismantle the class- and ethnic-based apartheids that riddle the U.S. landscape.
    • Ch. 9: Conclusion (p. 319)

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