SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: List Of Muppets, Small Business

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SOC 229 Notes Nov. 23/16
- Almost 2/3 of these men’s had small businesses before high level drug trafficking
- A key finding, because of the fact they have been business men, they approach higher
level drug trafficking the same way.
- Have high standards, they want to make millions
- And their business experience comes in handy, when dealing with customers and
money and etc.
- Have a strong work ethic, and they take that with them into their illegitimate
businesses.
- Small business is obvs not a direct causal factor though
- Some of them get approached… so with their personality and the enticement of
money they get into it.
- Of all the studies about this stuff, only one other (done in Russia) than Fred’s had the
connection of previous work experience.
When you create typologies, it can be very beneficial if it highlights, it can help you
focus and be insightful. But the downside is that people may have pre-existing categories
for people and that may distort it.
Typologies are no good if you are stretching the people and situation to fit the typologies
and make it work.
One thing that was looked at in the studies was trust.
- If you are gonna have couriers and hire people, you have to trust them. Legal business
system is about trust too, but you have the law to fall back on, unlike illegitimate
businesses.
- Trust takes on a huge meaning in the criminal illegitimate business.
- So who do you trust when you are a drug trafficker, well you trust your family,
friends and people of your own ethnic group.
- People that dealers work with are based on people they know and trust, suppliers are
usually from old ties or history. < referred to as personal networks
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Almost 2/3 of these men"s had small businesses before high level drug trafficking. A key finding, because of the fact they have been business men, they approach higher level drug trafficking the same way. Have high standards, they want to make millions. And their business experience comes in handy, when dealing with customers and money and etc. Have a strong work ethic, and they take that with them into their illegitimate businesses. Small business is obvs not a direct causal factor though. Some of them get approached so with their personality and the enticement of money they get into it. Of all the studies about this stuff, only one other (done in russia) than fred"s had the connection of previous work experience. When you create typologies, it can be very beneficial if it highlights, it can help you focus and be insightful. But the downside is that people may have pre-existing categories for people and that may distort it.

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