Sociology of American Drug Use

ISBN-10: 0195375289

ISBN-13: 9780195375282

Edition: 2nd 2010

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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.
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Book details

List price: $89.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

Each chapter ends with a summary.
Preface
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
Narcotics
Depressants
Stimulants
Hallucinogens
Marijuana
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
SOCIAL CORRELATES OF DRUG USE
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
SOCIETAL RESPONSE TO DRUG USE
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
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
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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