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Stickup Kids Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0520273389
ISBN-13: 9780520273382
Edition: 2013
Authors: Randol Contreras
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Description: Randol Contreras came of age in the South Bronx during the 1980s, a time when the community was devastated by cuts in social services, a rise in arson and abandonment, and the rise of crack-cocaine. For this riveting book, he returns to the South  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Randol Contreras came of age in the South Bronx during the 1980s, a time when the community was devastated by cuts in social services, a rise in arson and abandonment, and the rise of crack-cocaine. For this riveting book, he returns to the South Bronx with a sociological eye and provides an unprecedented insider's look at the workings of a group of Dominican drug robbers. Known on the streets as "Stickup Kids," these men raided and brutally tortured drug dealers storing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and cash.As a participant observer, Randol Contreras offers both a personal and theoretical account for the rise of the Stickup Kids and their violence. He mainly focuses on the lives of neighborhood friends, who went from being crack dealers to drug robbers once their lucrative crack market opportunities disappeared. The result is a stunning, vivid, on-the-ground ethnographic description of a drug robbery's violence, the drug market high life, the criminal life course, and the eventual pain and suffering experienced by the casualties of the Crack Era.Provocative and eye-opening,The Stickup Kidsurges us to explore the ravages of the drug trade through weaving history, biography, social structure, and drug market forces. It offers a revelatory explanation for drug market violence by masterfully uncovering the hidden social forces that produce violent and self-destructive individuals. Part memoir, part penetrating analysis, this book is engaging, personal, deeply informed, and entirely absorbing.

Randol Contrerasis Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Becoming Stickup Kids
The Rise of the South Bronx and Crack
Crack Days: Getting Paid
Rikers Island: Normalizing Violence
The New York Boys: Tail Enders of the Crack Era
Crack is Dead
Illustrations follow page
Doing the Stickup
The Girl
Getting the Shit
Drug Robbery Torture
Splitting the Profits
Living the Dream: Life after a Drug Robbery
Todo Tiene Su Final
Fallen Stars
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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