Drugs and the American Dream: An Anthology
February 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Charles Faupel, Auburn University
This comprehensive volume offers some of the most compelling arguments about our toxicmanic culture ever assembled. The impressive scope and clarity of the material offers the reading public both lay and academic an exceptionally valuable resource. As one would expect from a work assembled by Patricia and Peter Adler along with colleague Patrick O'Brian, , this comprehensive thesaurus of sociological, anthropological and medical knowledge offers a wide range of superb contributors who makes this a reference work particularly relevant to students, scholars, policy makers and general public. This is not only an excellent volume of research on drugs but also brings possibly the best assemblage of noted experts on the subject. This array of social scientists together captures successfully the quality and quantity of research in the field and is an Invitation for all who read this remarkable text to engage the social sciences in an exciting and educational way.
Terry Williams, The New School
Adler, Adler and O'Brien have constructed an exciting anthology on the sociological aspects of drug use and abuse. This text assembles some of the most important readings on drug use by those involved in the craft of the sociological study of drugs. The rich, descriptive works anthologized in this reader range from classic, foundational articles on substance use to incisive, contemporary work on recent drug trends. Collectively, this anthology provides a critical and comprehensive assessment of the social dimensions of drug use. I applaud Adler, Adler, & O'Brien for developing a reader with both significant pedagogical value for the classroom and practical utility as a reference tool in scholarly work.
Brian C Kelly, Purdue University