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Wheeling and Dealing : An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community - Patricia A. Adler

Wheeling and Dealing

An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community

Paperback Published: 1st March 1993
ISBN: 9780231081337
Number Of Pages: 220
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Wheeling and Dealing" is a vivid account of the world inhabited by "wholesale" illicit drug traffickers. Based on six years of participant observation, fieldwork, and extensive interviews in an elite Southern California community of dealers, the book gives a rare glimpse into the decadent yet fascinating "subculture of drug trafficking and unending partying, mixed with occasional cloak-and-dagger subterfuge."

This second edition brings the story up to date by revealing the fate of several of Adler's key informants. By tracing their lives over a fifteen-year span, Adler offers a unique longitudinal perspective on deviant careers and the reintegration of dealers into conventional society. She also analyzes the unintended consequences of the federal government's war on drugs, tying it to the increasing violence and organizational sophistication of drug traffickers and the rise of international cartels.

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"A persuasive, credible, and imaginative analysis of a rather unusual and fascinating segment of social life... The very modest tone, scope, and aim of this tightly argued ethnographic work belies its profound and penetrating analysis of the drift of American life." -- Peter K. Manning, Contemporary Sociology

Preface to the Second Edition
Introductionp. 1
Researching Dealers and Smugglersp. 11
Smugglingp. 29
Upper-Level Dealingp. 49
Social Organizationp. 63
The Dealing Lifestylep. 83
Success and Failurep. 99
Dealing Careersp. 123
Toward an Existential Perspective on Drug Traffickingp. 143
Deviant Careers and Reintegrationp. 156
Law Enforcement, Drug Trafficking, and Drug Policyp. 183
Notesp. 199
Referencesp. 205
Indexp. 215
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780231081337
ISBN-10: 0231081332
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.14  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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