The rise of drug dealing in the life of the North American street gang

Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James Densley

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Abstract

Historical gang literature traditionally perceived gangs as boisterous outfits occasionally engaged in delinquency. In recent decades however, street gang behaviour 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
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocieties
Volume8
Issue number3
Early online date18 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Gangs
  • drug sales
  • War on Drugs
  • organised crime

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