The Stickup Kids

The Stickup Kids

Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

eBook - 2013
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"Randol Contreras came of age in the South Bronx during the 1980s, a time when the community was devastated by cuts in social services, a rise in arson and abandonment, and the rise of crack-cocaine. For this riveting book, he returns to the South Bronx with a sociological eye and provides an unprecedented insider's look at the workings of a group of Dominican drug robbers. Known on the streets as "Stickup Kids," these men raided and brutally tortured drug dealers storing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and cash. As a participant observer, Randol Contreras offers both a personal and theoretical account for the rise of the Stickup Kids and their violence. He mainly focuses on the lives of neighborhood friends, who went from being crack dealers to drug robbers once their lucrative crack market opportunities disappeared. The result is a stunning, vivid, on-the-ground ethnographic description of a drug robbery's violence, the drug market high life, the criminal life course, and the eventual pain and suffering experienced by the casualties of the Crack Era."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780520953574
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 271 pages) : illustrations


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sabrina9 Aug 23, 2013

this book was awesome. it tells the point of view of the drug dealer and the struggles they face.

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