Wheeling and Dealing

An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community, second edition

Patricia A. Adler

Columbia University Press

Wheeling and Dealing

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Pub Date: April 1993

ISBN: 9780231081337

220 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£28.00

Pub Date: April 1993

ISBN: 9780231081320

220 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $105.00£81.00

Wheeling and Dealing

An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community, second edition

Patricia A. Adler

Columbia University Press

Wheeling and Dealing is a vivid account of the world inhabited by "wholesale" illicit drug traffickers. Based on six years of participant observation, fieldwork, and extensive interviews in an elite Southern California community of dealers, the book gives a rare glimpse into the decadent yet fascinating "subculture of drug trafficking and unending partying, mixed with occasional cloak-and-dagger subterfuge."

This second edition brings the story up to date by revealing the fate of several of Adler's key informants. By tracing their lives over a fifteen-year span, Adler offers a unique longitudinal perspective on deviant careers and the reintegration of dealers into conventional society. She also analyzes the unintended consequences of the federal government's war on drugs, tying it to the increasing violence and organizational sophistication of drug traffickers and the rise of international cartels.

About the Author

Patricia A. Adler is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.