Dealing Crack / Edition 1

Dealing Crack / Edition 1

by Bruce A. Jacobs, James F. Jr. Short
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555533876

ISBN-13: 9781555533878

Pub. Date: 04/29/1999

Publisher: University Press of New England

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…  See more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555533878
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
04/29/1999
Series:
Northeastern Series in Criminal Behavior Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Researching Crack3
2Motivation26
3Social Organization43
4Predators66
5Police85
6Undercover Police103
7Crack in Decline118
Notes131
Selected Bibliography151
Index159

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