The Use Of Drugs And Its Effects On Social Status

1115 WordsMar 13, 20155 Pages
In this time in age, we often acknowledge the achievements that we have made in society. With a country that took such long to get where we are today, we have a much longer way to go. Factors such as structural inequality, marginalization, race, class, and the stigma associated with all these factors influence the way we look and perceive drug dealers and users. An individual’s decision to use drugs is embedded in an unequal social structure, a social structure that produces unequal outcomes, violence, and stigma for drug users/drug dealers dependent on their social status. In this paper I will analyze forces such as structural marginalization, violence to individuals, and the deviance associated in relation to drug dealers and users. Larger social forces highly influence drug use and drug dealing. Being poor, under educated and of a low-status ethnic group, a person is at a greater risk for disadvantages in society. In Philippe Bourgois’s book, In Search of Respect, a Puerto Rican immigrant named Primo lived in New York City’s East Harlem. Because of his lack of education and cultural capital, he wasn’t able to find a legal paying job. Also having the burden of having to support for his family, he became a victim into the world crack. Drug dealing led Primo to drug addiction, which led him to throw away his income on more drugs (Bourgois,2013). Bourgois was trying to show the intensity of social marginalization, and how it was deepened by Primo’s drug abuse. This recurring
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