Bourdieu on supply : Utilizing the ‘theory of practice’ to understand complexity and culpability in heroin and crack cocaine user-dealing. / Moyle, Leah; Coomber, Ross.

In: European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.05.2017, p. 309-328.

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Bourdieu on supply : Utilizing the ‘theory of practice’ to understand complexity and culpability in heroin and crack cocaine user-dealing. / Moyle, Leah; Coomber, Ross.

In: European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.05.2017, p. 309-328.

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abstract = "The act of user-dealing has largely been explored within criminology in conjunction with the {\textquoteleft}drug–crime{\textquoteright} link or with a focus on ethnography and subculture. Whereas it is known that many users of drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine engage in small-scale supply as a way of generating revenue, less is known about the particular interplay of social context and choice that leads them to pick this income-generating activity over other potential options. Contributing to a burgeoning literature, this article explores the constrained choices of user-dealers with reference to Bourdieu{\textquoteright}s {\textquoteleft}theory of practice{\textquoteright} (1977). Through locating stories of failure in user-dealer narratives, we utilize this novel approach in criminology, illuminating the importance of working with all of the interrelated concepts of habitus, field and capital in appreciating user-dealing as {\textquoteleft}practice{\textquoteright}. It is argued that application of this framework affords the previously unharnessed opportunity to use Bourdieusian theory to understand notions of culpability when sentencing this group.",
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