Robyn Dwyer

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Robyn Dwyer’s case study “the social life of smokers” – the processes of exchange in a heroin marketplace, is evocative of the social stigma and contemporary understanding of the processes behind illicit drug exchange and the participants within it. Dwyer challenges the dominant stigma associated with the heroin drug exchange, constituted by the media. Provoking the ideal that what underlies this taboo-ed market is not the mechanism of supply and demand but the heavily grounded constituent social relations and cultural practices that is heavily un-recognised. Dwyer’s case study evokes issues within society and the un-heard of relationship of heroin drug exchange and the intricate social processes and relations that underpin the production and…show more content…
This term exemplifies the “helpers” that provide advantages to the dealers in various ways. Dwyker explains that this allows dealers to sell capsmore quickly and reduces the possibility of detection by the police (Dwyker 2011, pg 29), this working together in pairs is seen not only effective to the dealer’s efficiency but as a method towards social cohesion and collaboration. Prestige, associated with taking care of customers was representative of notions of charity “…e.g ‘feeling sorry’ for the helper, who might be suffering heroin withdraw” (Dwyker 2011, pg 29) as well a factor of balanced reciprocity. Reciprocacy , a counter-gift to the previous ‘helping out’ with no need for immediate reimbursement. These ‘helping out’ notions where evocative of the dealer’s instrument towards created and affirming various social ties , extending not only to other dealer’s within the Vietnamese market but specifically in footscray (Dwyker 2011, pg 29). Gift relations are seen to be reiterated amongst “the

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