Taxing Times: Inter-Criminal Victimization And Drug Robbery Amongst The English Professional Criminal Milieu

Treadwell, James and Ancrum, Craig and Kelly, Craig (2018) Taxing Times: Inter-Criminal Victimization And Drug Robbery Amongst The English Professional Criminal Milieu. Deviant Behavior.

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Abstract

This article considers the oft-hidden instances of inter-criminal victimization in illegal drug markets amongst serious criminals in the North of England. Focusing on proto-criminal activity known in regional argot as ‘taxing’ (drug dealers robbing one another) it draws on ethnographic material and suggests that contrast to the literature on the subject from the USA ‘taxing’ in England rarely leads to cycles of retaliatory violence. Yet against a more general climate of precariousness in disadvantaged communities in England, ‘taxing’ as a deviant behavior is a gainful, relatively low-risk activity for a minority of established, professional violent criminals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Liz Yardley
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 13:15
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 13:15
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6983

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