The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

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PREFACE

1. Ansley Hamid, “The Developmental Cycle of a Drug Epidemic: The Cocaine Smoking Epidemic of 1981–1991,” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 24, no. 4 (1992).

2. Joseph B. Treaster, “New York State Reports a Drop in Crack Traffick,” New York Times, December 27, 1990.


INTRODUCTION

1. Andrew Karmen, New York Murder Mystery: The True Story behind the Crime Crash of the 1990s (New York: New York University Press, 2000).

2. For an overview of the 1990s debate on the crime drop, see Alfred Blumstein and Joel Wallman, The Crime Drop in America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000); Karmen, New York Murder Mystery; Loic Wacquant, “The ‘Scholarly Myths’ of the New Law and Order Doxa,” in The Socialist Register 2006: Telling the Truth, ed. Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2005).

3. Jack Katz, Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions of Doing Evil (New York: Basic Books, 1988).

4. Neal Shover and David Honaker, “The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders,” Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 31, no. 4 (1992); Richard Wright and Scott H. Decker, Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-Ins (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994).

5. Bruce A. Jacobs, Dealing Crack: The Social World of Streetcorner Selling (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1999); Bruce A. Jacobs, Robbing Drug Dealers: Violence beyond the Law (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 2000); Bruce A. Jacobs, Volkan Topalli, and Richard Wright, “Carjacking, Streetlife, and Offender Motivation,” British Journal of Criminology 43, no. 4 (2003); Bruce A. Jacobs and Richard

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  • The Stickup Kids - Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations (after Page 11 4) ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Becoming Stickup Kids 33
  • One - The Rise of the South Bronx and Crack 35
  • Two - Crack Days- Getting Paid 56
  • Three - Rikers Island- Normalizing Violence 72
  • Four - The New York Boys- Tail Enders of the Crack Era 87
  • Five - Crack Is Dead 105
  • Part Two - Doing the Stickup 115
  • Six - The Girl 117
  • Seven - Gettin’ The Shit 136
  • Eight - Drug Robbery Torture 151
  • Nine - Splitting the Profits 176
  • Ten - Living the Dream- Life after a Drug Robbery 191
  • Part Three - Todo Tiene Su Final 203
  • Eleven - Fallen Stars 205
  • Conclusion 235
  • Notes 243
  • Index 267
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