Scaling-up and moving out of drug selling
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This chapter focuses on the shifts and changes that occurred in peoples’ drug selling set-ups. It discusses the scaling down of selling operations and people’s attempts to move away from drug-selling lifestyles. One typical way people saw expansions in their drug selling was through go-between styles of operation that involved purchasing ecstasy pills on behalf of their friends. For a large proportion of people the rave club culture was about having a good time out clubbing with friends, and a primary ingredient in this was taking ecstasy. Being caught was one way people reassessed their involvement in drugs dealing and pulled out. Girlfriends of dealers could sometimes also be influential in a person scaling-down their dealing, or attempting to move away from it. The notion of ‘identity reverting’ is a useful one to draw upon in understanding the way people could move on from former so-called deviant lifestyles such as drug selling.