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Drugs, Alcohol, and Social Problems

Edited by James D. Orcutt and David R. Rudy - Contributions by Patricia A. Adler; Peter Adler; Richard Aniskiewicz; Jerald G. Backman; Grace M. Barnes; Kellie E.M. Barr; Katherine Beckett; Philippe Bourgois; Michael P. Farrell; Charles E. Faupel; Joseph R. Gusfield; Denise Herd; Glenda Kaufman Kantor; Carl B. Klockars; Mark Lettiere; James Quesada; Timothy P. Rouse; Joseph W. Schneider; Murray A. Straus; J Blake Turner; Prabha N. Unnithan; John M. Wallace Jr.; D Lawrence Weider; John W. Welte; David Wright; Earl Wysong and Don H. Zimmerman

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Drugs, Alcohol, and Social Problems, a collection edited James D. Orcutt and David R. Rudy, includes 14 clearly written articles that exemplify the best of sociological scholarship on drug and alcohol problems. The readings strike a balance between constructionist, epidemiological, and ethnographic approaches to the study of drinking, drug use, and related problems such as domestic violence, crime, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. A general introduction and five section introductions written especially for this volume highlight basic theoretical questions and analytical themes that run through the articles. In contrast to many books on problems of substance use, Drugs, Alcohol, and Social Problems devotes equal attention to drug- and alcohol-related issues. The volume is organized around important theoretical and research approaches to the sociology of social problems, making it suitable for adoption as a supplement in undergraduate courses on social problems as well as for more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of drug and alcohol studies. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 304Size: 7 x 10 1/4
978-0-7425-2844-4 • Hardback • September 2003 • $111.00 • (£75.00)
978-0-7425-2845-1 • Paperback • September 2003 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
978-0-7425-7742-8 • eBook • September 2003 • $45.99 • (£31.95)
James D. Orcutt is professor of sociology Florida State University, where he has received seven teaching awards and has published numerous articles on drug- and alcohol-related problems. He has served as president and vice president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and is a former editor of Social Problems. David R. Rudy is professor of sociology and dean at the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy at Morehead State University. He is the author of Becoming Alcoholic: Alcoholics Anonymous and the Reality of Alcoholism, and received the Morehead State University Distinguished Researcher Award.
Chapter 1 General Introduction
Part 2 Section I. The Social Construction of Drug and Alcohol Problems
Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 1. Constructing the Ownership of Social Problems: Fun and Profit in the Welfare State
Chapter 5 2. Deviant Drinking as Disease: Alcoholism as a Social Accomplishment
Chapter 6 Shocking Numbers and Graphic Accounts: Quantified Images of Drug Problems in the Print Media
Part 7 Section II. Political and Ideological Contexts
Chapter 8 Introduction
Chapter 9 Comparative Ideologies and Alcoholism: The Protestant and Proletarian Ethics
Chapter 10 Setting the Public Agenda: 'Street Crime' and Drug Use in American Politics
Chapter 11 Truth and DARE: Tracking Drug Education to Graduation and as Symbolic Politics
Part 12 Section III. Social Patterns: Epidemiological Research
Chapter 13 Introduction
Chapter 14 Explaining Racial/Ethnic Differences in Adolescent Drug Use: The Impact of Background and Lifestyle
Chapter 15 Drinking by Black and White Women: Results from a National Survey
Chapter 16 Race, Class, and Gender Differences in Substance Abuse: Evidence of Middle-Class/Underclass Polarization among Black Males
Part 17 Section IV. Social Worlds: Qualitative Research
Chapter 18 Introduction
Chapter 19 You Can't Help but Get Stoned: Notes on the Social Organization of Marijuana Smoking
Chapter 20 11. Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers: The Case of Upper-Level Drug Dealers and Smugglers
Part 22 Section V. Links to Other Social Problems
Chapter 23 Introduction
Chapter 24 The 'Drunken Bum' Theory of Wife Beating
Chapter 25 Drugs-Crime Connections: Elaborations from the Life Histories of Hard-Core Heroin Addicts
Chapter 26 15. Social Misery and the Sanctions of Substance Abuse: Confronting HIV Risk Among Homeless Heroin Addicts in San Francisco
In Drugs, Alcohol, and Social Problems, Orcutt and Rudy have compiled fourteen articles illustrating the rich and diverse nature of drug and alcohol problems present within sociological discourse. The articles in this text represent valuable contributions to the study of drug and alcohol problems. They are readings that all students and scholars in the drug and alcohol field will appreciate. Those interested in the social construction of social problems will find this book particularly satisfying.
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare


The fascinating studies in this book bring much needed sociological imagination to bear upon the processes that shape drug and alcohol problems. Professionals and students alike will find first-rate scholarship and accessible writing that shake up drug war stereotypes.
Craig Reinarman, UC-Santa Cruz


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