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No. 213, December 2017
 
10) Drug dealers and humor
A study finds that humor facilitates identity work among illicit drug dealers in several ways. Humor is an important symbolic boundary marker distinguishing dealers from others they consider “stupid” or less circumspect. Drug dealers use denigrating humor in their narratives to distance their former and virtual identities from their present identities. Humor also reduces dealers’ perceptions of the threats posed by police and potential snitches. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9125.12148/full