Reefer Madness

Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

320 pages

English language

Published May 8, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin.


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In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays -- pot, porn, and illegal immigrants. The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10 percent -- perhaps more -- of America's overall economy, and it's on the rise. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. He reveals the fascinating workings of the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation's largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers, whose lot often resembles that of medieval serfs.

All three industries show how the black market has burgeoned over the past three decades, as America's reckless faith in the free market has combined with a deep-seated puritanism to create situations both …

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  • Pornographie
  • Black market
  • Marijuana abuse
  • Economics
  • Schwarzarbeit
  • Drogenhandel
  • Social Conditions
  • Illegale Einwanderung
  • Marijuana Abuse
  • Vermarktung
  • Transients and Migrants
  • Informal sector (Economics)
  • Illegale Beschäftigung
  • Illegal aliens
  • Case studies
  • Sex-oriented businesses
  • Pornography
  • Erotica
  • Migrant agricultural laborers


  • United States
  • Social conditions
  • California
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