Why do affluent, upwardly mobile college students - who have everything to lose and little to gain - choose to sell drugs? Why do law enforcement officers largely overlook drug dealing on college campuses? With rich, lively details, A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik Fritsvold deliver unprecedented insight into the world of college drug dealers - and offer an important corrective to the traditional distorted view of the US drug trade as primarily involving poor minorities. Drawing on three years of fieldwork at a predominately white private university, their exceptional ethnography skillfully explores issues of deviance, race, and stratification in the US war on drugs. The book offers novel insight into the world of college drug dealers, exploring issues of deviance, race, and stratification in the US War on Drugs.
A. Rafik Mohamed is associated professor of sociology at the University of San Diego. Erik D. Fritsvold is assistant professor of sociology at the University of San Diego
Overlooked Illegal Markets: Dealing Dope, College-Style. The Primary Market: Dealing Marijuana, Cocaine, and Party Drugs. Why Rich Kids Sell Street Drugs: Wankstaz, Wannabes, and Capitalists in Training. The Emerging Market: Peddling Prescription Drugs. How Student Dealers Rationalize Crime: Mental Gymnastics. Perceived and Actual Risks for College Dealers: Un-risky Business. Conclusion and Epilogue: No Dreams Deferred.