This ethnography by Bourgois is quite deep. I’ve always heard about the underground drug-hustle and crack game, however, it is very grotesquely captured in this writing.
I couldn’t help but think of Kanye West’s “Crack Music” track as well as Jay Z’s pre-rapper hustles as a crack dealer.
Its hard to comprehend that such a social system exists, where violence is the currency & order of the day… but given my previous acquaintance with the notions of “ethnocentrism”, “cultural relativism” etc. It is much easier to begin to understand how this way of life can be a norm to people. As Bourgois mentions, everyone is in search for the attainment of the American dream, in their own contexts.