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NCJ Number: 229833 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Illicit Drug Markets in Australia: Notes Towards a Critical Reconceptualization
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:82-101
Author(s): Robyn Dwyer; David Moore
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Australia National Drug Research Institute
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper outlines a critique of two dominant Australian approaches to drug market analyses.
Abstract: The dominant Australian approaches to the study of illicit drug markets are surveillance and criminological research. This paper outlines the main features of these approaches before presenting a critical discussion of some of their methods, assumptions, and modes of analysis. It argues that these approaches are limited in terms of their methods; reliance on neo-classical economic models; abstraction from local contexts; oversight of social, cultural, and political process; exclusive focus on commercial transactions; under-theorizing of the market; and narrow conceptions of drug market subjects. The paper concludes by beginning to outline an alternative framework that draws on the anthropology and sociology of markets and that may lead to more nuanced understandings of illicit drug markets. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug research
Index Term(s): Australia; Drug smuggling; Foreign criminal justice research; Forensic anthropology; Research methods; Sociology
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