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Author Bogazianos, Dimitri A.

Title 5 grams [electronic resource] : crack cocaine, rap music, and the war on drugs / Dimitri A. Bogazianos.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description x, 206 p.
Series Alternative criminology series
Alternative criminology series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law repealing one of the most controversial policies in American criminal justice history: the one hundred to one sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder whereby someone convicted of "simply" possessing five grams of crack--the equivalent of a few sugar packets--had been required by law to serve no less than five years in prison. In this highly original work, Dimitri A. Bogazianos draws on various sources to examine the profound consequences of America's reliance on this punishment structure, tracing the rich cultural linkages between America's War on Drugs, and the creative contributions of those directly affected by its destructive effects. Focusing primarily on lyrics that emerged in 1990s New York rap, which critiqued the music industry for being corrupt, unjust, and criminal, Bogazianos shows how many rappers began drawing parallels between the "rap game" and the "crack game." He argues that the symbolism of crack in rap's stance towards its own commercialization represents a moral debate that is far bigger than hip hop culture, highlighting the degree to which crack cocaine--although a drug long in decline--has come to represent the entire paradoxical predicament of punishment in the U.S. today."-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Drug control -- United States.
Crack (Drug) -- United States.
Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- United States.
Narcotic laws -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
Added Title Five grams
ISBN 9780814787014 (pbk acid-free paper)
9780814723067 (e-book)

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