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Dei, Kojo A.

Ties that bind : youth & drugs in a black community / Youth & drugs in a black community Youth and drugs in a black community Kojo A. Dei. - Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, c2002.

xiii, 178 p. ; 23 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-168).

Minorities and Drugs. -- Urban Ethnography. -- Gerald by His Own Bootstraps. -- Akosua’s Ties That Bind. -- Dread: The Baccra Maasa. -- Denise’s Family Fault Lines. -- Liz: The Culture Broker. -- Where Do We Go from Here?



This provocative study of drug use among Black youths living in a U.S. community focuses on the dynamic relationship between drugs, society, and culture. Dei’s vivid presentation of the portraits of five youths—the emic point of view—reveals individual thought processes that shape behavior and attitudes. Ties That Bind is not about despised antisocial individuals whose morals are debased. Instead, it is about people who are attempting to achieve success as members of their family, their community, and the larger society as well. In particular, Dei links drug use and sales by Black youths to the larger political economy. This engaging, thought-provoking study replaces misconceptions with authenticity to provide a comprehensive understanding of the drug phenomenon in a minority neighborhood.


African American youth--Drug use.
Drug abuse--United States.
Youth--Drug use--United States.

305.896073 / Dei 2002

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