The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the American Street Gang

Robert McLean, James Densley, Grace Robinson

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Abstract

Historical gang literature traditionally perceived street gangs as boisterous outfits occasionally engaged in delinquency. In recent decades however, street gang behavior has come to be seen ever more as encroaching upon criminality, primarily due to its involvement in drug supply. This article aims to provide a brief historical review as to how the practice of drug supply entered into the life of the street gang, with specific emphasis on The War on Drugs in the 1970s and the rise of the crack cocaine economy in the 1980s.
Original languageEnglish
Article number90
JournalSocieties
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2018

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