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Street capital: Black cannabis dealers in a white welfare state

Sveinung Sandberg


This book introduces the worlds of young black men dealing cannabis at a drug scene called The River in Oslo, Norway. The lives of these men are structured by a huge and complex cannabis economy and they are involved in fights, robberies, and substance abuse. They lack jobs and education, and many of them do not have family or close friends, yet they do have ‘street capital’: the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to manage life on the streets. Centred on this concept of ‘street capital’, this book presents a new theoretical framework – inspired by and expanding on the work of Pierre ... More

Keywords: The River, Oslo, substance abuse, street capital, Pierre Bourdieu, street culture, cannabis, hip-hop culture, welfare system, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847421203
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sveinung Sandberg, author