The Work: Dealing and Violence in the War on Drugs Era

  title={The Work: Dealing and Violence in the War on Drugs Era},
  author={William Desborough Cooley},
  journal={Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas},
  pages={110 - 77}
  • W. Cooley
  • Published 1 May 2018
  • Political Science
  • Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas
Abstract:This essay demonstrates that drug prohibition has been a prime driver of violence as workers in the informal economy engaged in rational market regulation. Most studies of the carceral state have been top-down assessments that have not considered the ripple effects of the lucrative, frenzied drug trade. Through an examination of the experiences of dealers, the essay shows how their search for rewarding work interacted with the contextual issues of poverty, racial segregation… 
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