Trajectories to The River

Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen

in Street capital

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847421203
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303602 | DOI:
Trajectories to The River

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This chapter presents the life stories of three drug dealers – Daniel, Usman, and Hassan – who represent three different groups of dealers. It notes that the concept of ‘street capital’ helps one to understand these marginalised men's different trajectories to street drug dealing. The chapter also presents Mette, the only female dealer interviewed. It notes that Daniel and his friends were the youngest group interviewed, and that most of them came from dysfunctional families and were drawn to The River by a sense of adventure. The chapter describes how Usman was part of an older group of dealers initiated into serious crime at an early age. It further describes Hassan's life story. Hassan belonged to a third group of dealers, which consisted of refugees who had all come to Norway in the relatively recent past and did not speak Norwegian well.

Keywords: life stories; Daniel; Usman; Hassan; street capital; marginalised men; street drug dealing; Mette; The River

Chapter.  8513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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