Drug Distribution System

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Gangmembers as Drugdealers: Life Within the Drug Distribution System.

Inger-Lise Lien, from the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Traditional and New Forms of Crime and Deviance,” under the title “Gangmembers as Drugdealers: Life Within the Drug Distribution System.”. Here is the abstract: The paper is based on anthropological field work in Oslo, interviews and mental health screening of 50 incarcerated young criminals of whom 30 were currently, or had been gang members. The study finds that gang members are active within the drug distribution system that is analyzed as autopoiesis– it is self-made and kept separate by communication barriers. The study shows that violence is important as a compensation for the lack of trust within the system; it integrates the system and strengthens the barriers of it, but leads to traumatization. Gang members, that are recruited into the system are likely to suffer from symptoms of traumatic stress, indicating that at the individual level treatment of depression and PTSD could be important steps towards leaving it. In order to reduce and shrink the system and leave the gang, efficient communication strategies that break the barriers of the system seems to be needed.

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  • “Gangmembers as Drugdealers: Life Within the Drug Distribution System.”, by Inger-Lise Lien (Proceedings)

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