The Sociology of American Drug Use

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2004 - Law - 462 pages
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Most texts that are written in the area of drug use are written either from a counseling/psychology or physiology/pharmacology point of view, and do not attempt to deal extensively with the social context of drug use in American society. The organization of The Sociology of American Drug Use mainstreams the text for sociology and criminology programs, and at the same time provides a broader sociological perspective on drug use. Much of this material comes Faupel’s own research experience among street heroin addicts on the east coast. Throughout several of the chapters there is an “ethnographer’s perspective” on the specific issues addressed, while at the same time maintaining a focus on the basics in this substantive field.e field.

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Charles E. Faupel is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1981. He researches primarily in the areas of criminology, with a special emphasis on drug use, and in the sociology of the environment. He is author/editor of five other books, including Shooting Dope: Career Patterns of Hard-Core Heroin Users, published by the University of Florida Press. Dr. Faupel has also published in numerous sociology journals, including Social Problems, Social Forces, Sociological Spectrum, Qualitative Sociology and Urban Life (now Journal of Contemporary Ethnography). He is also currently editor of Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological society. Avocationally, he has recently become involved in research on country music careers.

Leslie Alan Horvitz (New York, NY) is the author of several books, including Frontiers of Science. He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Times, and Science Times.

Greg S. Weaver is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Auburn University, a position held since 1997. Greg completed his PhD in Sociology in 1997 from the University of Nebraska. He is a former probation officer with the Florida Department of Corrections. His primary research interests focus on lethal violence and substance use. Major publications include articles in Deviant Behavior, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (forthcoming), The Journal of Social Psychology, and Sociological Inquiry (forthcoming).

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