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Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421203

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.001.0001

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Street dealing and drug markets

Street dealing and drug markets

six Street dealing and drug markets
Street capital

Sveinung Sandberg

Willy Pedersen

Policy Press

This chapter shows how the young men at The River set themselves up within an economy that, for all intents and purposes, runs alongside the normal white economy. It explains that the young men at The River learned how the black, illegal economy operates, and developed skills and abilities needed to survive in a marginal, despised, and denigrated corner of society. The chapter observes that The River dealers banded together to form a different, alternative community of street-culture-dominated interaction, with its own rules and norms, rewards and sanctions. It notes, however, that what The River dealers know about supply chains and finding their way in the drug market, about assessing drug quality and price setting, and about spotting plain-clothes police officers, is only relevant within the street culture. The chapter emphasises that street capital is not convertible.

Keywords:   black, illegal economy, The River dealers, street culture, supply chains, drug market, drug quality, price setting, street capital

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