The Sociology of American Drug Use

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This book is intended for the drug course taught out of sociology and/or criminology/criminal justice departments. The course can be quite large and taught at the sophomore or junior level. The book may also be deemed appropriate in lower division courses, or for a lower-division graduatecourse, depending on the institution in which it is used. Most texts that are written in the area of drug use are written either from a counseling/psychology perspective or from a physiology/pharmacology point of view, and do not attempt to deal extensively with the social context of drug use inAmerican society. This text provides a broader sociological perspective on drug use than any other text currently on the market, and has an extensive section on methods and statistics for measuring drug use (important in particular for sociology students). The authors also comprehensively addressthe critical substantive and policy issues in the field.

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with a summary.
A Sociological Approach To Drug Use
The Sociological Study of Drug Use
A Sociological Approach to Studying Drug Use
Sociology and the Classification of Drugs
Understanding Social Concern about the ""Drug Problem""
Summary: Sociologists on American Drug Use
A Brief History of Drug Use and Drug Control in America
Drugs Through the Ages
Nineteenth-Century America: A ""Dope Fiend's Paradise""
The Twentieth Century: Age of Legal Repression and Experimentation
Classifying Psychoactive Drugs
Other Mood- and Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Official and Unofficial Data Sources
Some Important Terms
Official Drug Use Statistics
Unofficial Drug Use Statistics
Theoretical Explanations for Drug Use and Addiction
Nature Theories
Biological Theories
Psychological Theories
Sociological Theories
Demographic Correlates of Drug Use
Sex and Gender Correlates of Drug Use
Racial and Ethnic Correlates of Drug Use
Age Correlates of Drug Use
Social Class Correlates of Drug Use
Institutional Correlates of Drug Use
Drug Use among Medical Professionals
Drug Use in the Military
Drug Use in Law Enforcement
Drug Use and Religion
Drug Use and Sports
Health Correlates of Drug Use
Negative Health Consequences of Drug Use
Potential Health Benefits of Drugs
Economic Correlates of Drug Use
An Economic Cost-Benefit Analysis of Illicit Drugs
The Underground Economy of Illicit Drugs
Drugs in the Workplace
Cultural and Subcultural Correlates of Drug Use
What are Subcultures?
Three Subcultures of Drug Use
Drug-Using Careers
Violent and Criminal Correlates of Drug Use
Historical Understanding Drug Use, Crime, and Violence
Theoretical Understanding Drug Use, Crime, and Violence
Empirical Understanding Drug Use, Crime, and Violence
Drug Use, Crime, and Victimization
Legal Responses to Drug Problems: Prohibition, Legalization, and Decriminalization
The Importance of Policy in Understanding Drug Use in America
Harm Reduction: An Alternative Framework for Drug Policy
Therapeutic Responses to Drug Problems: Drug Treatment
History of Treatment for Drug Addiction
Major Treatment Modalities
Effectiveness of Drug Treatment
Contemporary Issues in Treatment
Preventive Responses to Drug Problems: Drug Education and Drug Testing
Drug Education
Drug Testing
Drug Policy for the Twenty-First Century
Our Guiding Philosophy
Supply-Side Policies and Demand-Side Policies
Specific Issues and Recommendations
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