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Street capital: Black cannabis dealers in a white welfare state
'Street capital' introduces the worlds of young black men dealing cannabis at a drug scene called The River in Oslo, Norway. The lives of these men are structured by a huge and complex cannabis economy and they are involved in fights, robberies and substance abuse. They lack jobs and education, and many of them do not have family or close friends, yet they do have 'street ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 16th 2009 by Policy Press
(first published 2009)
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This is a solid ethnography of cannabis dealers in Norway. I really like how Sandberg & Pedersen build up the case for understanding these young men's actions within the street culture as street capital. I think it's rare to see this amount of theoretical discussions in ethnographic works, which makes the study really interesting. Foucauldian discourse analysis and Bourdieu's theories seems to fit very well when trying to understand street culture dealings.