Alien conspiracy theory?: exploring ethnicity and drug supply in Scotland

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Scholars have identified associations between ethnicity and crime. The extent to which such correlations generalise to other national domiciles and the nuances of neighbourhood criminality is unclear. Drawing upon 67 interviews with practitioners and (ex)offenders involved in drug supply, and supplemented by data sets, the article tests the validity of the generalisation, by exploring a) whether ethnicity is perceived as advantageous in the movement of drugs, and b) how indigenous organised criminal gangs (OCGs) address the encroachment of foreign OCGs on their turf. Findings suggest ‘official’ suppositions aren’t wholly supported by evidence gained from street actors connected with criminogenic environments.

LanguageEnglish
JournalDeviant Behavior
StateAccepted/In press - 22 Oct 2018

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Alien conspiracy theory? : exploring ethnicity and drug supply in Scotland. / McLean, Robert; Holligan, Christopher; Riaz, Nighet.

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