With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Illegal Street Economies and Drugs: Getting Involved, Skilled and Trying to Quit

Illegal street economies and drugs: getting involved, skilled and trying to quit
Philip Lalander

Introduction

In the influential article ‘Taking Care of Business’ (1969), Preble and Casey describe the sophisticated division of labour used by American drug dealers in order to minimize detection. Individuals are needed to import, distribute, dilute and portion the product, just as they are needed to sell to resellers, sell on the street, provide connections to dealers for compensation, take care of quality control or look out for the police. In today’s urban environments, these roles are still being performed (Parker et al., 1988; Neale, 2002). Looking more specifically at the sale of drugs, one can also see how it is ...

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