Street Capital: Black Cannabis Dealers in a White Welfare State

Policy Press, 16. okt. 2009 - 193 sider
'Street capital' 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 unique book presents a new theoretical framework - inspired by and expanding on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist - for understanding street cultures. It is based on extensive fieldwork and repeated in-depth interviews with dealers aged between 15 and 30, which explore themes including marginalisation, discrimination, cannabis dealing and drug use, violence, masculinity, hip-hop culture, experiences with the welfare system, and issues of immigration and racism. The book also analyses the discursive practice of marginalised people on the street and identifies the narratives by which these young men live.

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Trajectories to The River
Street capital
Marginalisation and resistance
Drugs and masculinity
Street dealing and drug markets
Violence and street culture
Between the street and the welfare state

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Sveinung Sandberg is Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen. He has research experience in areas such as violence, masculinity and social movements. Willy Pedersen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oslo. He has extensive research experience in areas such as illegal drug use, violence, social marginalisation, prostitution and sexuality.

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