Street Capital: Black Cannabis Dealers in a White Welfare State

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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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Innhold

Trajectories to The River
16
Street capital
34
Marginalisation and resistance
54
Drugs and masculinity
78
Street dealing and drug markets
100
Violence and street culture
122
Between the street and the welfare state
142
Conclusion
164
Bibliography
172
Index
188
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Om forfatteren (2009)

Sveinung Sandberg, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen and Willy Pedersen, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

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