The Stickup Kids

The Stickup Kids

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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 insidera€™s look at the workings of a group of Dominican drug robbers. Known on the streets as qStickup Kids, a€ 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 robberya€™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.Philippe Bourgois, author of aquot;Righteous Dopefiendaquot; In aquot;The Stickup Kids, aquot; we witness the trickery and tactics of robbing drug dealers, torturing them to reveal their money stash, and the talk and emotions by which all this is normalized.

Title:The Stickup Kids
Author:Randol Contreras
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-11-01


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