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Drugs and the American Dream: An Anthology

Drugs and the American Dream: An Anthology

Patricia A. Adler (Editor), Peter Adler (Editor), Patrick K. O'Brien (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-67027-9

Feb 2012

456 pages

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Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of chiefly contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States.

  • Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy.
  • The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts.
  • Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices
  • Brief framing introductions to each article provide ""interconnective tissue,"" guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows.
  • Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs.
  • Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.

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List of Figures and Tables xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Source Acknowledgments xxii

About the Editors xxviii

About the Contributors xxx

Matrix of Drugs Addressed xliii

Part I: Perspectives on Drug Use 1

History and Theory

1. Harvey A. Siegal and James A. Inciardi: A Brief History of Alcohol 4

2. David F. Musto: The American Disease: Narcotics in Nineteenth-Century America 9

3. James A. Inciardi and Theodore J. Cicero: Black Beauties, Gorilla Pills, Footballs, and Hillbilly Heroin: Prescription Drug Abuse over the Past 40 Years 18

4. Norman E. Zinberg and Wayne M. Harding: Control and Intoxicant Use: A Theoretical and Practical Overview 24

Drug Scares and Moral Panics

5. Joseph R. Gusfield: Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movement 33

6. Craig Reinarman: The Social Construction of Drug Scares 40

7. Justin L. Tuggle and Malcolm D. Holmes: Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Ban 48

8. Dale D. Chitwood, Sheigla Murphy, and Marsha Rosenbaum: Reflections on the Meaning of Drug Epidemics 55

Part II: Social Correlates of Drug Use 61

Race/Ethnicity

9. Todd G. Pierce: Gen-X Junkie: Young White Heroin Users in Washington, DC 64

10. Avelardo Valdez, Kathryn Nowotny, and Alice Cepeda: The Intersection of Drug Use and Crime over the Life Course of Mexican-American Former Gang Members 72

11. Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg: Righteous Dopefi end 80

12. Karen A. Joe Laidler: The Lives and Times of Asian-Pacific American Women Methamphetamine Users 87

13. Paul Spicer: Toward a (Dys)functional Anthropology of Drinking: Ambivalence and the American Indian Experience with Alcohol 94

Social Class

14. Eloise Dunlap, Andrew Golub, and Bruce D. Johnson: The Severely Distressed African American Family in the Crack Era: Empowerment Is Not Enough 102

15. Matthew Petrocelli, Trish Oberweis, and Joseph Petrocelli: Getting Huge, Getting Ripped: An Exploration of Recreational Steroid Use 112

16. Dean A. Dabney and Richard C. Hollinger: Drugged Druggists: The Convergence of Two Criminal Career Trajectories 120

17. A. Rafi k Mohamed and Erik D. Fritsvold: Why Rich Kids Sell Street Drugs: Wankstaz, Wannabes, and Capitalists in Training 131

Gender

18. Katherine Sirles Vecitis: Drugs and Eating Disorders: Women’s Instrumental Drug Use for Weight Control 141

19. Robert L. Peralta: College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men 152

20. Monica Hardesty and Timothy Black: Mothering Through Addiction: A Survival Strategy among Puerto Rican Addicts 161

Youth and Aging

21. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler: Tinydopers: A Case Study of Deviant Socialization 174

22. Meika Loe and Leigh Cuttino: Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Students 184

23. Tammy L. Anderson and Judith A. Levy: Marginality among Older Injectors in Today’s Illicit Drug Culture: Assessing the Impact of Ageing 193

24. Miriam Williams Boeri, Claire E. Sterk, and Kirk W. Elifson: Baby Boomer Drug Users: Career Phases, Identity, Self-Concept, and Social Control 203

Part III: Drug Lifestyles 213

Managing Drug Use

25. Brian C. Kelly: Club Drug Use and Risk Management among “Bridge and Tunnel” Youth 215

26. René D. Drumm, Duane C. McBride, Lisa Metsch, Melodie Neufeld, and Alex Sawatsky: “I’m a Health Nut!” Street Drug Users’ Accounts of Self-Care Strategies 224

27. José A. Bauermeister: Latino Gay Men’s Drug Functionality 231

28. Wendy Chapkis: Cannabis, Consciousness, and Healing 240

29. Patricia A. Adler: The Dealing Lifestyle 249

The Economics of Drugs

30. Lisa Maher and Kathleen Daly: Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy: Continuity or Change? 257

31. Steven D. Levitt and Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh: An Economic Analysis of a Drug-Selling Gang’s Finances 266

Crime and Violence

32. Paul J. Goldstein: The Drugs/Violence Nexus: A Tripartite Conceptual Framework 277

33. Bruce A. Jacobs, Volkan Topalli, and Richard Wright: Managing Retaliation: Drug Robbery and Informal Sanction Threats 285

34. Stephanie Brophy: Mexico: Cartels, Corruption, and Cocaine: A Profi le of the Gulf Cartel 295

35. Peter Reuter: Systemic Violence in Drug Markets 305

Part IV: Societal Response to Drug Use 313

Education

36. Earl Wysong and David W. Wright: A Decade of DARE: Efficacy, Politics and Drug Education 316

37. Marsha Rosenbaum: Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens, Drugs, and Drug Education 327

Treatment

38. George De Leon: The Therapeutic Community: Perspective and Approach 336

39. Lee Garth Vigilant: Illness Narratives of Recovering on Methadone Maintenance 344

40. Robert Granfi eld and William Cloud: The Elephant that No One Sees: Natural Recovery among Middle-Class Addicts 351

41. James L. Nolan, Jr: Drug Treatment Courts and the Disease Paradigm 359

Policy

42. Stanton Peele: Reducing Harms from Youth Drinking 370

43. Duane C. McBride, Yvonne Terry-McElrath, Henrick Harwood, James A. Inciardi, and Carl Leukefeld: Refl ections on Drug Policy 378

44. Ethan Nadelmann: Think Again: Drugs 386

45. Harry G. Levine: The Secret of Global Drug Prohibition: Its Uses and Crises 391

Index 400

  • Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy.
  • The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts.
  • Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices
  • Brief framing introductions to each article provide ""interconnective tissue,"" guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows.
  • Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs.
  • Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.