The Stickup Kids
Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
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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.
Provocative and eye-opening, The Stickup Kids urges us to explore the ravages of the drug trade through weaving history, biography, social structure, and drug market forces. It offers a revelatory explanation for drug market violence by masterfully uncovering the hidden social forces that produce violent and self-destructive individuals. Part memoir, part penetrating analysis, this book is engaging, personal, deeply informed, and entirely absorbing.
Praise For The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream…
"An important book. . . . Not your typical ethnography. . . . [This is] a story told from the inside out."
— Michael B. Greene
— Robert J. Duran
— Mercer L. Sullivan
— Journal of Criminal Justice Education
University of California Press, 9780520273382, 296pp.
Publication Date: December 10, 2012