The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring

The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring

by Terry Williams
     
 

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"Since 1982, sociologist Terry Williams has spent days, weeks, and months “hanging out” with a teenage cocaine ring in cocaine bars, after-hours clubs, on street corners, in crack houses and in their h"See more details below

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"Since 1982, sociologist Terry Williams has spent days, weeks, and months “hanging out” with a teenage cocaine ring in cocaine bars, after-hours clubs, on street corners, in crack houses and in their h"

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The world of teenage members of a cocaine distribution ring in New York City's Spanish Harlem is entered by sociologist Williams, coauthor of Growing Up Poor , who for almost five years observed their routines. His report, showing that young people ``are the essential link between big-time im porters and small-time users,'' contributes to the form of research known as ethnography while offering lay readers a sobering picture of the dangerous, lucrative trade that in this study involves mostly African-American and Latino children. As he tracks the teenagers' tangled lives and shadowy enterprises, we see that others wait eagerly to take the places of those who leave the business. Williams proffers no quick solution to the drug crisis, but rather an illumination, in their own words, of damaged urban youth. (Aug.)
Library Journal
From 1982 to 1986, sociologist Williams followed the activities of a teenage cocaine ring in New York's Spanish Harlem. He tells their story in their own street language (and conveniently provides a glossary). The ``kids'' tell how cocaine is adulterated, packaged, and sold; how the chain of distribution works; and even detail the etiquette of drug selling and usage. They also give the stories of their lives, and Williams follows up with what has happened to them since 1986. Williams is very nonjudgmental, which is the book's main fault; by showing the drug trade primarily as a way for teenagers to attain status and money, and soft-pedaling the violence and harm involved, he makes the activities of the ``kids'' seem as normal as those of any teenagers with part - time jobs. For larger crime and sociology collections.-- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201570038
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/01/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
570,960
Product dimensions:
0.38(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

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