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Global Studies
Theresa Romkey

GS 202 Tutorial Questions March 1, 2013 Ashley Stratton 110110900 From Bourgois 6. Are the working conditions and pay of work in the underground economy (especially dealing crack) comparable with work in the formal economy? In the crack dealing community there is a constant sense of fear; fear of being arrested, fear of robbery and fear of being killed. This makes many of the workers tense and anxious while working but because of customers they must seem calm. These men also know if something goes wrong they will be punished, in the legal world they would be fired but in the drug world they would fear for their lives or the lives of loved ones. It also places them in the cycle of substance abuse. To deal with the stresses of their working lifestyle many use crack or other drugs to escape their circumstance. After work they tend to get together with Ray also to go to a bar where they consume alcohol. It can be assumed if a worker refuses a drink purchased by Ray it would be considered a disrespectful action and they could lose their position or worse. The underground world has a variety of positions (look out, dealers, customers, bosses, etc) which all have a key role in a successful deal, these are often unskilled jobs and ones that require a certain understanding of the drug landscape. With
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