The Street Addict Role: A Theory of Heroin Addiction
This book provides a new answer to the question, "Why do people use heroin and other street drugs?" Drawing upon a growing body of studies of drug users conducted by sociologists and anthropologists, it attempts to integrate their findings into a theoretically unified sociocultural explanation of heroin use. The theory, which draws heavily upon the insights of symbolic interactionist and role theory, posits that there is a street subculture of heroin users. The chief role in this subculture -- the street addict role -- becomes a blueprint for living for many heroin users. Addicts are heavily committed to this role and organize their behavior and self-identification around it. From this basic starting point, the theory explains how persons become and remain addicts and how they may eventually give up addictive behavior.
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The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Towards a Role Theoretic Model of Heroin Use
Becoming and Being a Street Addict
Individualistic Explanations for Heroin Use
Origins of the Street Addict Role
Treatment for the Street Addict
What Is To Be Done
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