Drugs and the American Dream : An Anthology

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of chiefly contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States. Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy. The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts. Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices Brief framing introductions to each article provide "interconnective tissue," guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows. Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.

Author Biography

Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of interest are deviant behavior, social psychology, and qualitative methods. Her classic book, Wheeling and Dealing (1993), was one of the first explorations of upper-level drug dealers and smugglers.

Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. His areas of interest are sociology of drugs, sociology of sport, and symbolic interactionism. Along with Patricia, he has written many books, including Backboards & Blackboards (1991), Peer Power (1998), Paradise Laborers (2004), and The Tender Cut (2011).

Together, the Adlers were honored with the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Patrick K. O'Brien is a doctoral candidatein Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2010, O'Brien won the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Drinking and Drugs Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Source Acknowledgmentsp. xxii
About the Editorsp. xxviii
About the Contributorsp. xxx
Matrix of Drugs Addressedp. xliii
Perspectives on Drug Usep. 1
History and Theory
A Brief History of Alcoholp. 4
The American Disease: Narcotics in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 9
Black Beauties, Gorilla Pills, Footballs, and Hillbilly Heroin: Prescription Drug Abuse over the Past 40 Yearsp. 18
Control and Intoxicant Use: A Theoretical and Practical Overviewp. 24
Drug Scares and Moral Panics
Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movementp. 33
The Social Construction of Drug Scaresp. 40
Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Banp. 48
Reflections on the Meaning of Drug Epidemicsp. 55
Social Correlates of Drug Usep. 61
Gen-X Junkie: Young White Heroin Users in Washington, DCp. 64
The Intersection of Drug Use and Crime over the Life Course of Mexican-American Former Gang Membersp. 72
Righteous Dopefi endp. 80
The Lives and Times of Asian-Pacific American Women Methamphetamine Usersp. 87
Toward a (Dys)functional Anthropology of Drinking: Ambivalence and the American Indian Experience with Alcoholp. 94
Social Class
The Severely Distressed African American Family in the Crack Era: Empowerment Is Not Enoughp. 102
Getting Huge, Getting Ripped: An Exploration of Recreational Steroid Usep. 112
Drugged Druggists: The Convergence of Two Criminal Career Trajectoriesp. 120
Why Rich Kids Sell Street Drugs: Wankstaz, Wannabes, and Capitalists in Trainingp. 131
Drugs and Eating Disorders: Women’s Instrumental Drug Use for Weight Controlp. 141
College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Menp. 152
Mothering Through Addiction: A Survival Strategy among Puerto Rican Addictsp. 161
Youth and Aging
Tinydopers: A Case Study of Deviant Socializationp. 174
Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Studentsp. 184
Marginality among Older Injectors in Today’s Illicit Drug Culture: Assessing the Impact of Ageingp. 193
Baby Boomer Drug Users: Career Phases, Identity, Self-Concept, and Social Controlp. 203
Drug Lifestylesp. 213
Managing Drug Use
Club Drug Use and Risk Management among “Bridge and Tunnel” Youthp. 215
“I’m a Health Nut!” Street Drug Users’ Accounts of Self-Care Strategiesp. 224
Latino Gay Men’s Drug Functionalityp. 231
Cannabis, Consciousness, and Healingp. 240
The Dealing Lifestylep. 249
The Economics of Drugs
Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy: Continuity or Change?p. 257
: An Economic Analysis of a Drug-Selling Gang’s Financesp. 266
Crime and Violence
The Drugs/Violence Nexus: A Tripartite Conceptual Frameworkp. 277
Managing Retaliation: Drug Robbery and Informal Sanction Threatsp. 285
Mexico: Cartels, Corruption, and Cocaine: A Profi le of the Gulf Cartelp. 295
Systemic Violence in Drug Marketsp. 305
Societal Response to Drug Usep. 313
A Decade of DARE: Efficacy, Politics and Drug Educationp. 316
Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens, Drugs, and Drug Educationp. 327
The Therapeutic Community: Perspective and Approachp. 336
Illness Narratives of Recovering on Methadone Maintenancep. 344
The Elephant that No One Sees: Natural Recovery among Middle-Class Addictsp. 351
Drug Treatment Courts and the Disease Paradigmp. 359
Reducing Harms from Youth Drinkingp. 370
Refl ections on Drug Policyp. 378
Think Again: Drugsp. 386
The Secret of Global Drug Prohibition: Its Uses and Crisesp. 391
Indexp. 400
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