Drugs and Society Essay

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Abstract Both the act of dealing drugs and the drug market can be multifarious, having many facets and no specific look or feel to them. Between authors and sociologists A. Rafik Mohamed, Erik D. Fritsvold and Terry Williams, two ethnographic studies were conducted on the drug market exposing their audience(s) to personal accounts of witnessing drug distribution and drug usage from two different realms of the business in Dorm Room Dealers and The Cocaine Kids. Dorm Room Dealers offers a unique awareness to the world of drug dealing by privileged upwardly mobile college students who are unsuspected of selling drugs and when caught barely punished, while The Cocaine Kids highlights adolescents in an urban Manhattan neighborhood, ideal for drug dealing, that struggle just to keep their operation under way. With the War on Drugs being such prevalent topic, both works shed a different light on exactly what and who is to blame for this epidemic. The Federal Governments’ attempt to eradicate the production, sale, and use of illicit drugs, also known as The War on Drugs, has been a controversial topic for decades. Typically, the perception that we as society have come to associate with the idea of drugs is that of urban areas and minorities. However, in the ethnographic study, Dorm Room Dealers, sociologists A. Rafik Mohamed and Erik D. Fritsvold, unveil that the drug market is not exclusively limited to a specific area or race. Mohamed and Fritzvold take us into the world of upwardly mobile college students, from well to do families in the upper-middle class, who attend a predominately white institution of higher learning. Most of which, in addition to selling narcotics, frequently use them as well. These students aren’t your quintessential ‘poster children’ for drug dealers. They primarily sell marijuana but occasionally try a hand at prescription drugs and harsher

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