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Code of the Suburb
Author: Scott Jacques

ISBN: 9780226164113
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.3
Code of the Suburb explores the world of young, middle-class, suburban drug dealers as seen through the eyes of a group of dealers themselves. What leads these adolescents to start selling? How do they conduct business? What problems do they face? How do they handle those problems? Why do they quit? The authors have done fieldwork with a group of high-school students from a nearly all-white prosperous suburb of Atlanta, a boringly conventional place where the most obvious social problems are barking dogs and speeding teenagers." They find that suburban kids who sell drugs are no strangers to conflict. Like their urban counterparts, their illicit activities put them beyond the realm of police protection and this makes them vulnerable to predators. Urban drug markets exhibit high rates of violence because the individuals involved subscribe tothe code of the streeta set of informal rules governing interpersonal behavior that emerges from the circumstances that characterize disadvantaged communities in American cities (Elijah Anderson'sCode of the Street is a prime cite). For drug market participants who abide by this cod...

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