This course examines exchange relations in a variety of high-risk and criminal fields, to develop an understanding of how participants navigate their worlds. The weekly readings and lectures will focus on the various ways in which relationships, identities, reputation, and trust, are defined, established, and negotiated, and how this establishes order in the professional and social lives of those involved in high-risk transactions. Readings will be from ethnographic and biographical works on street gangs, drug dealers and traffickers, sex workers, organized crime operations, sports bookies, organ and human traffickers, and others.

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SOC223