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Dealing Crack: The Social World of Streetcorner Selling (Northeastern Series in Criminal Behavior)

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This starkly revealing book explores the crack cocaine trade from the candid perspectives of sellers themselves.

Synopsis:

During the 1980s, addiction to crack cocaine escalated at an alarming rate. As the demand for crack grew, so did the economic opportunities for entrepreneurial street dealers, who developed criminal underground networks for the supply and retail sale of the high-profit substance. While crack cocaine use has since plateaued and is on the decline, hard-core dealers persist in selling the increasingly unprofitable drug in a high-risk, competitive street market.

Bruce A. Jacobs bases his study on dangerous field research conducted in one of the most socially distressed and impoverished neighborhoods in St. Louis. Drawing on no-holds-barred interviews with active dealers, as well as on his own eyewitness observations of transactions and encounters with police, Jacobs captures the crack business as it actually operates on the streets.

He examines the underlying motivations for selling crack, describes the complex and intricate social organization of dealing, and explores how dealers protect transactions from law enforcement, undercover police, and criminal predators. Quoting extensively from his conversations with offenders, he conveys much of the fear and aura surrounding the process and lifestyle of crack cocaine dealing.

This provocative volume is appropriate for a variety of courses in criminal justice and social problems and gives general readers an inside look at one of America's most troubling problems.

Table of Contents

Researching crack — Motivation — Social organization — Predators — Police — Undercover police — Crack in decline.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555533878
Foreword:
Short, James F., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Foreword:
Short, James F., Jr.
Foreword by:
Short, James F., Jr.
Foreword:
Short, James F., Jr.
Foreword:
Short, James F., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Foreword:
Short, James F., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Jacobs, Bruce
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Narcotics dealers
Subject:
Drug traffic
Subject:
Cocaine habit
Subject:
Crack (drug)
Subject:
Cocaine habit -- United States.
Subject:
Crack
Subject:
Drug abuse -- United States.
Subject:
Crack (Drug) -- United States.
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Series:
Northeastern Series in Criminal Behavior
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
163
Dimensions:
8.20x5.49x.48 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 163 pages Northeastern University Press - English 9781555533878 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , During the 1980s, addiction to crack cocaine escalated at an alarming rate. As the demand for crack grew, so did the economic opportunities for entrepreneurial street dealers, who developed criminal underground networks for the supply and retail sale of the high-profit substance. While crack cocaine use has since plateaued and is on the decline, hard-core dealers persist in selling the increasingly unprofitable drug in a high-risk, competitive street market.

Bruce A. Jacobs bases his study on dangerous field research conducted in one of the most socially distressed and impoverished neighborhoods in St. Louis. Drawing on no-holds-barred interviews with active dealers, as well as on his own eyewitness observations of transactions and encounters with police, Jacobs captures the crack business as it actually operates on the streets.

He examines the underlying motivations for selling crack, describes the complex and intricate social organization of dealing, and explores how dealers protect transactions from law enforcement, undercover police, and criminal predators. Quoting extensively from his conversations with offenders, he conveys much of the fear and aura surrounding the process and lifestyle of crack cocaine dealing.

This provocative volume is appropriate for a variety of courses in criminal justice and social problems and gives general readers an inside look at one of America's most troubling problems.

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