Crack in America Demon Drugs and Social Justice

ISBN-10: 0520202422

ISBN-13: 9780520202429

Edition: 1997

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Crack in America is the definitive book on crack cocaine. In reinterpreting the crack story, it offers new understandings of both drug addiction and drug prohibition. It shows how crack use arose in the face of growing unemployment, poverty, racism, and shrinking social services. It places crack in its historical context--as the latest in a long line of demonized drugs--and it examines the crack scare as a phenomenon in its own right. Most important, it uses crack and the crack scare as windows onto America's larger drug and drug policy problems. Written by a team of veteran drug researchers in medicine, law, and the social sciences, this book provides the most comprehensive, penetrating, and original analysis of the crack problem to date. It reviews the social pharmacology of crack and offers rich ethnographic case studies of crack binging, addiction, and sales. It explores crack's different impacts on whites, blacks, the middle class, and the poor, and explains why crack was always much less of a problem in other countries such as Canada, Australia, and The Netherlands. Crack in America helps readers understand why the United States has the most repressive, expensive, and yet least effective drug policy in the Western world. It discusses the ways politicians and the media generated the crack scare as the centerpiece of the War on Drugs. It catalogues the costs of the War on Drugs for civil liberties, situates crack use and sales in the political economy of the inner cities in the 1980s, and shows how the drug war led to the most massive wave of imprisonment in U.S. history. Finally, it explains why the failures of drug prohibition have led to the emergence of the harm reduction movement and other opposition forces that are changing the face of U.S. drug policy.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Craig Reinarman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Crack in Context: America's Latest Demon Drug
The Crack Attack: Politics and Media in the Crack Scare
In Search of Horatio Alger: Culture and Ideology in the Crack Economy
The Contingent Call of the Pipe: Bingeing and Addiction Among Heavy Cocaine Smokers
Two Women Who Used Cocaine Too Much: Class, Race, Gender, Crack, and Coke
Crack and Homicide in New York City: A Case Study in the Epidemiology of Violence
The Social Pharmacology of Smokeable Cocaine: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be
Crack Use in Canada: A Distant American Cousin
Crack in Australia: Why Is There No Problem?
Crack in the Netherlands: Effective Social Policy Is Effective Drug Policy
"When Constitutional Rights Seem Too Extravagant To Endure": The Crack Scare's Impact on Civil Rigths and Liberties
The Pregnancy Police Fight the War on Drugs
Pattern, Purpose, and Race in the Drug War: The Crisis of Credibility in Criminal Justice
Drug Prohibition in the U.S.: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives
Punitive Prohibition in America
The Cultural Contradictions of Punitive Prohibition
Real Opposition, Real Alternatives: Reducing the Harms of Drug Use and Drug Policy
Epilogue: We've Been Here Before: Excerpts from the 1967 Report of the Task Force on Narcotics and Drug Abuse of the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice
Subject Index
Name Index
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