Comparion of In Seach of Respect by Philippe Bourgous and Shattering Silence by Begona Aretxaga

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In search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois and Shatteing Silence by Begona Aretxaga, are extremely great books which focus around similar themes. In this review both books will be separately analyzed and compared with one another. The content of shattering silence is pretty straight forward. The book contains issues on equality between genders and ethnicities as well. Shattering silence takes place in Ireland. Both In search of respect and shattering silence are set up with similar themes yet have different backgrounds, people and races. Begoña Aretxaga reviews the problems and promise of feminist change in Northern Ireland with the start of the “Troubles” in the start of the 1969 civil rights movement. She views the kinship of power and …show more content…

Aretxaga adds not only to anthropology and feminist studies but also to research on ethnic and social conflict by showing the gendered constitution of political violence. She goes further by asserting that violence affects men and women differently by arguing that the manners in which violence is gendered are not fixed but constantly shifting, depending on the likelihood of history, social class, and ethnic identity. In search of respect analyzes the social marginalization of Puerto Ricans living in East Harlem, New York City, USA. The friendship made with Philippe and the drug dealers were fundamental to the book’s nature; the very personal things that the subjects reveal to Bourgois make it extremely honest and give you a full picture for what exactly is happening and their reasoning behind their actions. Bourgois sets out his themes ,Gender inequalities, Kinship, through transcripts, backgrounds, life stories, and black and white images while explaining his own emotions and thoughts. His honesty and the transcripts especially, which include background noises such as gun shots are important to the books achievement as he leaves nothing out and lets you fully saturate yourself into the situations he is in. He says: “I refuse to ignore or minimize the social misery I witnessed, because that would make me complicitous with oppression” (p. 12)

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