Tuesday 26th Feb: Gilda Nuñez

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS EVENT: Unlike previous seminars which have taken place in Silverstone 327, this week’s will be held in THE TOP FLOOR OF BRAMBER HOUSE, site of the Occupy Sussex protest.

Gilda Nuñez (University of Barcelona) ‘Deprivation and drug dealing: a comparative study from the female perspective’

The study “Deprivation and drug dealing: a comparative study from the female perspective” aims to explore and compare the participation of women from deprived areas in drug dealing business in a Latin American and in an European context, to gain a better understanding of the relationship between social vulnerability and the role of women in drug dealing in both environments. The majority of the studies in this area are focused on masculinity, even though there is powerful empirical evidence suggesting that women’s participation in drug dealing has been increasing in both countries. The situation compels to look deeper into the drug dealing business from the female perspective, to understand the different dynamics (personal, familiar, socio-economic, cultural) behind women’s participation in this hidden and illegal economy, as well as the impact of the criminal justice system in their lives.

Some of the main research questions are: How do women get involved in drug dealing?, How does their participation in this illegal business impact their lives and families?, How do they redefine their personalities and activities once they get involved in the business?, What kind of strategies do they use to be successful in the business and manage challenges?, What kind of experiences have they had with the criminal justice system and what is the impact of the penal intervention in their lives?

The principal qualitative data gathering has been made via anonymous in-depth interviews with women who have been involved in drug dealing in the Great Metropolitan Area of Caracas (Venezuela) and in Yorkshire (England). Their narratives accounting their experiences before, during and after being sentenced bring us useful and valuable information to re-evaluate the social inclusion strategies and programmes for women, as well as crime prevention and crime control strategies (specifically those related to drug offenses).



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