The Cultural Construction of Social Hierarchy Discussion

  1. According to Philippe Bourgois, why is the illegal drug trade so often concentrated in marginalized inner city neighborhoods?​
  2. Extending your thoughts from the above question, how do you think the availability of drugs impacts urban poor? ​
    What are some examples of this in the Bay Area (or your local area)?
    How can we begin to address these issues? Should we focus on the destination of the drugs (typically marginalized inner city neighborhoods) or where the drugs hit the market (typically suburban or more wealthy neighborhoods)?