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Wheeling and Dealing An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community

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ISBN-10: 0231081332

ISBN-13: 9780231081337

Edition: 2nd 1993

Authors: Patricia A. Adler

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Wheeling and Dealingis a vivid account of the world inhabited by "wholesale" illicit drug traffickers. Based on six years of participant observation, fieldwork, and extensive interviews in an elite Southern California community of dealers, the book gives a rare glimpse into the decadent yet fascinating "subculture of drug trafficking and unending partying, mixed with occasional cloak-and-dagger subterfuge." This second edition brings the story up to date by revealing the fate of several of Adler's key informants. By tracing their lives over a fifteen-year span, Adler offers a unique longitudinal perspective on deviant careers and the reintegration of dealers into conventional society. She also analyzes the unintended consequences of the federal government's war on drugs, tying it to the increasing violence and organizational sophistication of drug traffickers and the rise of international cartels.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. They are the co-authors and co-editors of numerous books, including Peer Power, Paradise Laborers, and Constructions of Deviance . Both Adlers collaboratively received the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Researching Dealers and Smugglers
Smuggling
Upper-Level Dealing
Social Organization
The Dealing Lifestyle
Success and Failure
Dealing Careers
Toward an Existential Perspective on Drug Trafficking
Deviant Careers and Reintegration
Law Enforcement, Drug Trafficking, and Drug Policy
Notes
References
Index