In Code of the Suburb, Scott Jacques and Richard Wright offer a fascinating ethnography of the culture of suburban drug dealers. Drawing on fieldwork among teens in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, they carefully parse the complicated code that governs relationships among buyers, sellers, police, and other suburbanites. That code differs from the one followed by urban drug dealers in one crucial respect: whereas urban drug dealers see violent vengeance as crucial to status and security, the opposite is true for their suburban counterparts. As Jacques and Wright show, suburban drug dealers accord status to deliberate avoidance of conflict, which helps keep their drug markets more peaceful—and, consequently, less likely to be noticed by law enforcement.
Offering new insight into both the little-studied area of suburban drug dealing, and, by extension, the more familiar urban variety, Code of the Suburb will be of interest to scholars and policy makers alike.
Fifteen-year-old Josh Butler wants nothing more than to be a Confederate soldier. Determined to do the right thing, Josh leaves his idyllic life behind and journeys into a brutal war where he soon questions everything he has ever known.
“Life is a miracle, living is a gift, chasing it is never ending.”
Southside of Heaven is the compelling tale of a modern-day cop’s quest to find his identity as he returns to the past to uncover the truth, humility, and faith behind the mask of human suffering and brutal conflict.