Entertainment starts with an E: the ecstasy market in Greece

Antonopoulos, Georgios A., Papanicolaou, Georgios and Simpson, Mark (2010) Entertainment starts with an E: the ecstasy market in Greece. Trends in Organized Crime, 13 (1). pp. 31-45. ISSN 1084-4791

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The purpose of this article is to provide an account of the social organisation of the ecstasy market in Greece. Concern about ecstasy production, distribution and use in Greece has risen since ecstasy appeared in the country in the early to mid-1990s, and continues to be fuelled by media reports which reinforce the perception that there are huge profits for traders. Moreover, the Greek authorities have adopted a 'war on drug' rhetoric when it comes to ecstasy trafficking. Thus, the fact that such mentalities are commonplace, while the knowledge deficit about the particular market remains gaping, makes it an imperative to examine the structure and dynamics of the ecstasy market in the country. We aim here to provide an account of the 'extent' and nature of the ecstasy market in Greece as well as a presentation of the 'actors' involved. We also explicitly focus on the issue of price of ecstasy tablets in the country, which we regard as key to the understanding of the logic of this particular market. Our investigation of various aspects of the market concludes with a number of more systematic observations regarding the particular business.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecstasy, Greece, Night-time economy
Subjects: L100 Economics
M100 Law by area
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 15:04
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 15:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47523

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