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New book. Sandberg and Pedersen: Street capital. Black cannabis dealers in a white welfare state

Sveinung Sandberg, Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, UiB has co-written a book on young black men dealing cannabis in Oslo. Sandberg and Willy Pedersen, professor in sociology at the University of Oslo, based the book on extensive fieldwork and repeated in-depth interviews with dealers aged between 15 and 30.

'Street capital' introduces the worlds of young black men dealing cannabis at a drug scene called The River in Oslo, Norway. The lives of these men are structured by a huge and complex cannabis economy and they are involved in fights, robberies and substance abuse. They lack jobs and education, and many of them do not have family or close friends, yet they do have 'street capital': the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to manage life on the streets.Centred on this concept of 'street capital', this unique book presents a new theoretical framework - inspired by and expanding on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist - for understanding street cultures.

'Street capital' is aimed at postgraduates and academics in criminology, race and ethnicity, sociology, social theory and methodology. It will also be of interest to a wider social science audience, particularly those interested in using Bourdieu as a theoretical model.

Read about the book (and buy it) at the Policy Press website