Describes the day-to-day experience of a teenage cocaine culture in Spanish Harlem and explores the fiscally motivated sale of cocaine by teenagers and the unlikelihood of a change until other roads to opportunity are made available.
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Sociologist Terry Williams, Ph.D., coauthor of Growing Up Poor, is the joint recipient of a MacArthur foundation grant to study the culture of housing projects. The completion of The Cocaine Kids was accomplished during Williams's appointment at the Conservation of Human Resources at Columbia University.From Library Journal:
From 1982 to 1986, sociologist Williams followed the activities of a teenage cocaine ring in New York's Spanish Harlem. He tells their story in their own street language (and conveniently provides a glossary). The "kids" tell how cocaine is adulterated, packaged, and sold; how the chain of distribution works; and even detail the etiquette of drug selling and usage. They also give the stories of their lives, and Williams follows up with what has happened to them since 1986. Williams is very nonjudgmental, which is the book's main fault; by showing the drug trade primarily as a way for teenagers to attain status and money, and soft-pedaling the violence and harm involved, he makes the activities of the "kids" seem as normal as those of any teenagers with part - time jobs. For larger crime and sociology collections.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11020109360X
Book Description Da Capo Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 020109360X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0862095