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Revised and updated in its second edition, The Sociology of American Drug Use is an ideal text for drug courses offered in sociology and criminology departments. Presenting a broader sociological perspective on drug use in American society than any other text, it includes extensive coverage of various methods and statistics for measuring drug use, a topic that is particularly relevant for sociology students. The authors open with an examination of the construction of drug use as a social problem, setting the stage for the rest of the book. The first section of the text addresses basic conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues in the study of drug use, while the second section analyzes its various social correlates: demographic, institutional, health, economic, cultural and subcultural, and violent and criminal. The final section focuses on societal reaction to drug use, with discussions of prohibition, decriminalization, and legalization policy options and drug treatment, drug education, and drug testing. In contrast with most texts--which present chapter-by-chapter treatments of various types of drugs--this unique book condenses that information into a single chapter, providing students with an organizational framework that is similar to that of other criminology courses.

Completely updated throughout, the second edition of The Sociology of American Drug Use treats demographic and institutional correlates in separate chapters, adding discussions of religion to the institutional chapter. It also provides more coverage of college students and drug use and additional material on over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and methamphetamines. The text is enhanced by several helpful pedagogical tools in each chapter, including two types of text boxes: "Drugs: Myths and Reality" (new to this edition) and "Drugs and Everyday Life." "Critical Thinking" questions encourage students to consider the issues in depth, while "Learning from the Internet" exercises (new to this edition) require them to research specific topics outside of the text and the classroom. An Instructor's Manual on CD contains an overview, learning objectives, a detailed outline, and test questions (multiple-choice, true-false, and essay) for each chapter. It also offers a list of important internet resources and PowerPoint lecture slides.

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with a summary.

Preface

SECTION I. A SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DRUG USE

Chapter 1. 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

Chapter 2. 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

Chapter 3. Classifying Psychoactive Drugs

Narcotics

Depressants

Stimulants

Hallucinogens

Marijuana

Other Mood- and Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Chapter 4. Official and Unofficial Data Sources

Some Important Terms

Official Drug Use Statistics

Unofficial Drug Use Statistics

Chapter 5. Theoretical Explanations for Drug Use and Addiction

Nature Theories

Biological Theories

Psychological Theories

Sociological Theories

SECTION II. SOCIAL CORRELATES OF DRUG USE

Chapter 6. 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

Chapter 7. 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

Chapter 8. Health Correlates of Drug Use

Negative Health Consequences of Drug Use

Potential Health Benefits of Drugs

Chapter 9. Economic Correlates of Drug Use

An Economic Cost-Benefit Analysis of Illicit Drugs

The Underground Economy of Illicit Drugs

Drugs in the Workplace

Chapter 10. Cultural and Subcultural Correlates of Drug Use

What are Subcultures?

Three Subcultures of Drug Use

Drug-Using Careers

Chapter 11. Violent and Criminal Correlates of Drug Use

Historical Understanding of Drug Use, Crime, and Violence

Theoretical Understanding of Drug Use, Crime, and Violence

Empirical Understanding of Drug Use, Crime, and Violence

Drug Use, Crime, and Victimization

SECTION III: SOCIETAL RESPONSE TO DRUG USE

Chapter 12. Legal Responses to Drug Problems: Prohibition, Legalization, and Decriminalization

The Importance of Policy in Understanding Drug Use in America

Prohibition

Legalization

Decriminalization

Harm Reduction: An Alternative Framework for Drug Policy

Chapter 13. Therapeutic Responses to Drug Problems: Drug Treatment

History of Treatment for Drug Addiction

Major Treatment Modalities

Effectiveness of Drug Treatment

Contemporary Issues in Treatment

Chapter 14. Preventive Responses to Drug Problems: Drug Education and Drug Testing

Drug Education

Drug Testing

Chapter 15. Drug Policy for the Twenty-First Century

Our Guiding Philosophy

Supply-Side Policies and Demand-Side Policies

Specific Issues and Recommendations

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195375282
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Drug abuse -- Social aspects.
Author:
null, Greg S.
Author:
Horowitz, Alan
Author:
Weaver, Greg S.
Author:
null, Alan M.
Author:
Weaver, Greg
Author:
Horowitz, Alan M.
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Faupel, Charles
Author:
null, Charles E.
Author:
Faupel, Charles E.
Subject:
Substance abuse -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Disease & Health Issues
Subject:
Psychopathology - Addiction
Subject:
Sociology | Social Problems
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Education-General
Publication Date:
20090817
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
77 illus.
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
7.3 x 9.2 x 1.1 in 2.3 lb

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