The American Drug Scene Readings in a Global Context

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2014-07-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Now in its seventh edition, The American Drug Scene, edited by James A. Inciardi and Karen McElrath, is a collection of contemporary and classic articles on the changing patterns, problems, perspectives, and policies of legal and illicit drug use. Offering a unique focus on the social contexts in which drug usage, drug-related problems, and drug policies occur, it presents theoretical and descriptive material drawn from both ethnographic and quantitative sources.

Author Biography

James A. Inciardi was Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.

Karen McElrath is Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.

Table of Contents

* = New to this Edition

About the Editors
About the Contributors

Part I. Historical Perspectives and Images of Drug Use and Addiction

1. *Inciardi, J. A. and McElrath, K. (2014). The evolution of drug taking and drug seeking in America.
2. *Courtwright, David T. (1983). The hidden epidemic: Opiate addiction and cocaine use in the South, 1860-1920. History Faculty Publications. Paper 3.
3. Anslinger, H. J. and Cooper, C. R. (1937). Marijuana: Assassin of youth.

Part II. Moral Panics and the Social Construction of Drug Use

4. *Armstrong, E. M. and Abel, E. L. (2000). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The origins of a moral panic. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 35: 276-282.
5. *Bright, S. J., Bishop, B., Kane, R., Marsh, A, and Barratt M. J. (2013). Kronic hysteria: Exploring the intersection between Australian synthetic cannabis legislation, the media, and drug-related harm. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24: 231-237.

Part III. The Onset of Drug Use

6. Weil, A. (1998). Why people take drugs. In A. Weil, The Natural Mind. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
7. Becker, H. S. (1953). Becoming a marihuana user. American Journal of Sociology, 59:? 235-242.
8. * Mui, H. Z., Sales, P., and S. Murphy (2013). Everybody's doing it: Initiation to
prescription drug misuse. Journal of Drug Issues, forthcoming.

Part IV. Stages of Drug Use

9. * Reiman, A. (2009). Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs. Harm Reduction Journal, 6:35.
10. *Boeri, M. W., Harbry, L., and Gibson, D. (2009). A qualitative exploration of trajectories among suburban users of methamphetamine. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 3: 139-151.

Part V. Power, Privilege and Drug Use: Race, Ethnicity, Social Class, Gender, and Sexual Identity

11. *Jackson-Jacobs, C. (2004). Hard drugs in a soft context: Managing trouble and crack use on a college campus. Sociological Quarterly, 45: 835-856.
12. *Bell, Kristin and Amy Salmon.(2009). Pain, physical dependence and pseudoaddiction: Redefining addiction for "nice" people?" International Journal of Drug Policy. 20: 170-178.
13. * Linnemann, T., Hanson, L., and Williams, L. S. (2013). With scenes of blood and pain: Crime control and the punitive imagination of the Meth Project. British Journal of Criminology, 53: 605-623.
14. *Peralta, R. L. (2008). "Alcohol allows you to not be yourself": Toward a structured understanding of alcohol use and gender difference among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual youth. Journal of Drug Issues, 38: 373-399.

Part VI. Subcultures, Social Networks and Drug Scenes

15. *Varga, M. D. (2012). Adderall abuse on college campuses: A comprehensive literature review. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 9: 293-313.
16. Preble, E. and Casey, J. J. (1969). Taking care of business: The heroin user's life on the street. International Journal of the Addictions, 4: 1-24.

Part VII. Rituals and Drug-Use Practices

17. *French, L. A. (2008). Psychoactive agents and Native American spirituality: Past and present. Contemporary Justice Review, 11: 155-163.
18. *Boeri, M. W., Sterk, C. E., Bahora, M., Elifson, K. W. (2008). Poly-drug use among ecstasy users: Separate, synergistic, and indiscriminate patterns. Journal of Drug Issues, 38: 517-541.
19. *McElrath, K. and Harris, J. (2013). Peer injecting: Implications for injecting order and blood-borne viruses among men and women who inject heroin. Journal of Substance Use, 18: 31-45.

Part VIII. Drug Markets

20. *Taylor, M. and Potter, G. R. (2013). From "social supply" to "real dealing": Drift, friendship, and trust in drug dealing careers. Journal of Drug Issues, forthcoming.
21. *McElrath, K. and Van Hout, M. C. (2011). A preference for mephedrone: Drug markets, drugs of choice, and the emerging "legal high" scene. Journal of Drug Issues, 41: 487-508.
22. *Taylor, A. (2012). Step by step: A situational analysis of drug business disputes. Journal of Drug Issues, 42: 279-297.

Part IX. Social Control and Surveillance

23. *DiThomas, M. (2012). Drug testing promotes workplace safety. Occupational Health and Safety, 1 October.
24. *Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work (2004). Drug testing in the workplace. Executive summary. York (England): Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
25. *Finley, L. L. (2007). Our schools are better than yours: Schools and their hypocrisy regarding drug use. Contemporary Justice Review, 10: 365-381.

Part X. Drug Prevention and Treatment

26. *Rosenbaum, M. (2012). Safety first: A reality-based approach to teens, drugs, and drug education. New York: Drug Policy Alliance (new publisher).
27. Surratt, H. L. (XXXX ). Gender-specific issues in the treatment of drug-involved women.
28. *Green, L. L., Fullilove, M. T., and Fullilove, R. E. (2005). Remembering the lizard: Reconstructing sexuality in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. Journal of Sex Research, 42: 28-34.
29. *Harris, J. and McElrath, K. (2012). Methadone as social control: Institutionalized stigma and the prospect of recovery. Qualitative Health Research 22: 810-824.

Part XI. Harm Reduction

30. *McLean, K. (2012). Needle exchange and the geography of survival in the South Bronx. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23: 295-302.
31. *Jacinto, C., Duterte, M., Sales, P., and S. Murphy (2008). Maximising the highs and minimising the lows: Harm reduction guidance within ecstasy distribution networks. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19: 393-400.

Part XII. Drugs, Street Crime and Criminal Justice

32. Surratt, H. L., Inciardi, J. A., Kurtz, S.. P., and Kiley, M. C. (2004). Sex work and drug use in a subculture of violence. Crime and Delinquency, 50: 43-59.
33. *Lindsay, J. (2012). The gendered trouble with alcohol: Young people managing alcohol related violence. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23: 236-241.
34. *Gotsch, K. (2011). Breakthrough in U.S. drug sentencing reform: The Fair Sentencing Act and the unfinished reform agenda. Washington, D. C.: Washington Office on Latin America.
35. *Alexander, M. (2011). The new Jim Crow. Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 9: 7-26.
36. *Drug Policy Alliance (2011). Drug courts are not the answer: Toward a health-centered approach. New York: Author.

Part XIII. Policy Considerations

37. * Bostwick, J. M. (2012). Blurred boundaries: The therapeutics and politics of medical marijuana. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 87: 172-186.
38. *Hakim, P. (2011). Rethinking US drug policy. Oxford: Beckley Foundation. (I will use pages 1-16 only - about 6,000 words).
39. *Mercille, J. (2011). The U.S. "War on Drugs" in Afghanistan. Critical Asian Studies, 43: 285-309.


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