The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the North American Street Gang

McLean, Robert, Robinson, Grace and Densley, James (2018) The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the North American Street Gang. Societies, 8 (3). p. 90. ISSN 2075-4698

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Historical gang literature traditionally perceived street gangs as boisterous outfits occasionally engaged in delinquency. In recent decades however, street gang behavior has come to be seen ever more as encroaching upon criminality, primarily due to its involvement in drug supply. This article aims to provide a brief historical review as to how the practice of drug supply entered into the life of the street gang, with specific emphasis on The War on Drugs in the 1970s and the rise of the crack cocaine economy in the 1980s.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gangs; drug sales; violence; War on Drugs; organized crime
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:21

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