Dorm Room Dealers : Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class
Why do affluent, upwardly mobile college students - who have everything to lose and little to gain - choose to sell drugs? Why do law enforcement officers largely overlook drug dealing on college campuses? With rich, lively details, A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik Fritsvold deliver unprecedented insight into the world of college drug dealers - and offer an important corrective to the traditional distorted view of the US drug trade as primarily involving poor minorities. Drawing on three years of fieldwork at a predominately white private university, their exceptional ethnography skillfully explores issues of deviance, race, and stratification in the US war on drugs. The book offers novel insight into the world of college drug dealers, exploring issues of deviance, race, and stratification in the US War on Drugs.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
- 15 Oct 2009
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
Table of contents
Overlooked Illegal Markets: Dealing Dope, College-Style. The Primary Market: Dealing Marijuana, Cocaine, and Party Drugs. Why Rich Kids Sell Street Drugs: Wankstaz, Wannabes, and Capitalists in Training. The Emerging Market: Peddling Prescription Drugs. How Student Dealers Rationalize Crime: Mental Gymnastics. Perceived and Actual Risks for College Dealers: Un-risky Business. Conclusion and Epilogue: No Dreams Deferred.
"Outstanding.... The authors uncover a world of drug dealing far removed from violent street-corner slinging and as entwined in the college experience as all-nighters and keg parties. Providing unparalleled insight into the war on drugs and an all-but-ignored deviant world, this book is as entertaining to read as it is educational." - Peter Moskos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "An excellent study that finally puts the race/class-biased War on Drugs into perspective." - William J. Chambliss, George Washington University. "Compellingly demonstrates that college drug dealers, who are mostly white and middle-class, are not subject to the same constraints as typical, street-level dealers." - Heith Copes, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
About A. Rafik Mohamed
A. Rafik Mohamed is associated professor of sociology at the University of San Diego. Erik D. Fritsvold is assistant professor of sociology at the University of San Diego