Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice

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Craig Reinarman, Harry Gene Levine
University of California Press, 1997 - Social Science - 388 pages
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"The editors and authors have produced an important work in the ongoing debate about the effect and efficacy of U.S. drug policy. Authoritative in its analysis and comprehensive in its embrace, this work will contribute importantly to the policy debate. A must-read for anybody concerned about developing a strategy to improve the health and well-being of our communities."--Ronald Dellums, Member of Congress

"Crack in America is a devastating, sad, angry, though always scholarly book about the many failures of our national drug policy. The contributors make a convincing case that America is unable to solve the problems associated with crack because it is unwilling to deal with extreme economic and racial inequality except by stigmatizing and punishing the unequal. The book is of urgent importance--a powerfully persuasive and illuminating inquiry about America. I wish it could be required reading for the White House and all the agencies responsible for the country's drug problems."--Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University

"Indispensable for understanding the real roots of hard drug abuse in America's inner cities. It shows brilliantly how our drug policies have made our drug problem worse and points the way out of the drug war morass. A passionate and ultimately hopeful book."--Kurt Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore

"Crack in America accurately and forcefully examines in detail the myth and the reality of crack. It is a must-read for any American concerned about drugs in our society and for any reader valuing honesty and scholarship compellingly presented."--Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Judge

"A penetrating analysis by a variety of scholars which explodes many of the government propagated myths regarding crack cocaine."--Joseph D. McNamara, Stanford University

"Reinarman, Levine and their colleagues bring a keen sociological sensibility to their analysis of our contemporary moral panic. These essays make clear that crack policy is more the problem than the so-called crack epidemic. And they go on to disentangle the intricate ways in which American culture and economy, and particularly our racism, classicism and sexism, are implicated both in the use of crack and its repression."--Frances Fox Piven, Dept. of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

"Scholarly, lucid, and readable. . .the most original and thoughtful analysis of the American crack panic. The contributors demonstrate compellingly the relationship between social justice and public health."--Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Harvard Medical School

"An immensely rich book and an extraordinary source of information. . . . Since crack is not only America's but the world's latest demon drug, and since rational alternatives to repression are at the order of the day the world over, the book is indispensable reading for concerned students, scholars, politicians, and citizens everywhere."--Henner Hess, Goethe-Universitat (Frankfurt, Germany)

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Crack in Context Americas Latest Demon Drug
The Crack Attack Politics and Media in the Crack Scare
Myths and Realities
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 Its Cracked Up to Be
When Constitutional Rights Seem Too Extravagant to Endure The Crack Scares Impact on Civil Rights 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 US Costs Consequences and Alternatives
From Punitive Prohibition to Harm Reduction
Punitive Prohibition in America
The Cultural Contradictions of Punitive Prohibition
Real Opposition Real Alternatives Reducing the Harms of Drug Use and Drug Policy

Crack in Comparable Societies
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
The Price of Repression
Weve Been Here Before Excerpts from the 1967 Report of the Task Force on Narcotics and Drug Abuse of the Presidents Commission on Law Enfor...

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Craig Reinarman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Harry G. Levine is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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