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Title: Family and Human Resources in the Development of a Female Crack-Seller Career: Case Study of a Hidden Population
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:26  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1996)  Pages:175-198
Author(s): E Dunlap; B D Johnson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 1R01 DA05126-07; 1R01 DA 09056-02; 1R03 DA 06413-03
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the importance of specific resources during childhood that influence both the nature and extent of participation in crack use and sales; it highlights the availability of family resources as a critical element in determining the extent to which drug abusers can develop their human resources so they can maintain a "normal" identity and a "stake in conventional life" even while engaged in a deviant career.
Abstract: Although females are becoming more evident in crack- distribution roles, they remain a minority among crack sellers and usually perform the lowest roles. This case study of Rachel represents a truly hidden population, a minority female who has been a successful crack seller for several years. The authors provide insight about persons that rarely come to attention when studying drug distribution and participation. Such persons acquire skills and resources during their lives that enable them to function in two diverse worlds. Such crack sellers are "truly hidden" because they do not have criminal records, almost never come to the attention of police, and function adequately in conventional roles. By analyzing a detailed case study of a female drug seller, this paper delineates some of the human resources and skills that may account for her differential outcome in a career of drug use and sales in inner-city settings. 2 notes and 89 references
Main Term(s): Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Case studies; Crack; Domestic relations; Female offenders
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