Drugs, Alcohol, and Social Problems

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Self-Help - 289 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
5
Constructing the Ownership of Social Problems FUN AND PROFIT IN THE WELFARE STATE
7
Deviant Drinking as Disease ALCOHOLISM AS A SOCIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
19
Shocking Numbers and Graphic Accounts QUANTIFIED IMAGES OF DRUG PROBLEMS IN THE PRINT MEDIA
35
POLITICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL CONTEXTS
53
Comparative Ideologies and Alcoholism THE PROTESTANT AND PROLETARIAN ETHICS
55
Setting the Public Agenda STREET CRIME AND DRUG USE IN AMERICAN POLITICS
71
Race Class and Gender Differences in Substance Abuse EVIDENCE OF MIDDLECLASSUNDERCLASS POLARIZATION AMONG BLACK MALES
167
SOCIAL WORLDS QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
185
You Cant Help but Get Stoned NOTES ON THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF MARIJUANA SMOKING
187
Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers THE CASE OF UPPERLEVEL DRUG DEALERS AND SMUGGLERS
199
LINKS TO OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS
217
The Drunken Bum Theory of Wife Beating
219
DrugsCrime Connections ELABORATIONS FROM THE LIFE HISTORIES OF HARDCORE HEROIN ADDICTS
239
Social Misery and the Sanctions of Substance Abuse CONFRONTING HIV RISK AMONG HOMELESS HEROIN ADDICTS IN SAN FRANCISCO
257

Truth and DARE TRACKING DRUG EDUCATION TO GRADUATION AND AS SYMBOLIC POLITICS
93
SOCIAL PATTERNS EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH
121
Explaining RacialEthnic Differences in Adolescent Drug Use THE IMPACT OF BACKGROUND AND LIFESTYLE
123
Drinking by Black and White Women RESULTS FROM A NATIONAL SURVEY
153
Index
279
About the Editors
289
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\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.

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