This well-respected text provides the most balanced and up-to-date investigation of drug use in all of its social, cultural, and legal complexity. It covers the full range of psychoactive drug use, from legal medical and prescription use to criminal recreational use, from casual use to addiction. The text maintains its distinctive emphasis on the sociological perspective, explaining the drug phenomenon using sociological concepts supported by recent data from a wide range of sources.
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Drugs In American Society by Goode Erich, 9780072874983From the Publisher:
New Boxes: New boxes highlight the myths and realities of drug use and abuse, exploring such topics as marijuana as medicine, crack babies, and the CIA and drugs.
New Topic Coverage: Several new sections have been included in this edition, providing in-depth discussion of drug panics, "gendering" drug use, and social class differences in use and abuse.
New Web Appendix: This new listing provides a useful starting point for students interested in learning more about drug use and abuse by exploring relevant web sites.
Compelling Personal Accounts: First-hand testimony from users of speed, alcohol, Valium, LSD, marijuana, and heroin, paint a vivid picture for students.
Sound Sociological Approach: Goode makes a clear distinction between "essentialism" - looking at the drug phenomenon as a thing in itself - and "constructionism" - looking at the drug phenomenon as a social construct and how it is regarded and dealt with as a social problem.
Unique Theory Chapter: The only text devoting an entire chapter to "Theories of Drug Use."
Balanced Presentation: Goode provides objective, pro and con accounts of such hot topics as treatment, education, rehabilitation, and legalization.
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