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Cultures, Controls and Everyday Life

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Criminology | Social Theory

December 1998 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This authoritative overview of drugs and society today examines: whether a process of `normalization' of drugs and drug use is under way; the debate over prohibition versus legislation; `drugs' and `users' as `other' or `dangerous'; drugs and dance cultures; drug use among young women; images of `race' and drugs; medical responses to drugs; policing strategies and controlling drug users; drug control and sport; and the question of prohibition versus liberalization.

Nigel South
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Debating Drugs and Everyday Life
Normalization, Prohibition and 'Otherness'

 
 
PART TWO: CULTURES: FORMS AND REPRESENTATIONS
Harry Shapiro
Dances with Drugs
Pop Music, Drugs and Youth Culture

 
Sheila Henderson
Drugs and Culture
The Question of Gender

 
Karim Murji
White Lines
Culture, `Race' and Drugs

 
 
PART THREE: CONTROLS: POLICY, POLICING AND PROHIBITION
Susanne MacGregor
Medicine, Custom or Moral Fibre
Policy Responses to Drug Misuse

 
Nicholas Dorn and Maggy Lee
Drugs and Policing in Europe
From Low Streets to High Places

 
Ross Coomber
Controlling Drugs in Sport
Contradictions and Complexity

 
Vincenzo Ruggiero
Drugs as a Password and the Law as a Drug
Discussing the Legalization of Illicit Substances

 
 
PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
Michael Shiner and Tim Newburn
Taking Tea with Noel
The Place and Meaning of Drug Use in Everyday Life

 

`This book contributes with authority to current debates on drug issues. It gives an overview of how we got here with insights to a future where positions may be less polarised.... Its interdisciplinary approach and cogent discussion make it useful for those wanting either an introductory text or new perspectives....This light paperback is packed with invaluable reading and references. It will resonate with anyone with an interest in drug use and Britain today' - Drug Link

`This a timely and cogently argued set of essays' The British Journal of Sociology

`Overall this is a timely and much needed volume with many of the contributions seemingly worthy in their own right. It provides an excellent overview of some of the most important and pressing issues in this area. Whilst the issue of drugs and drug consumption may be an expanding area of research, good literature in this area is surprisingly hard to come by. This book will provide an excellent resource for both lectures and students who are interested in these issues' - Sociology

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Nigel South

A student in the Department in the 1970s, he then studied for a PhD in the field of criminology at Middlesex. He has taught at various universities in London and New York and between 1981 and 1990 worked as a Research Sociologist at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (now Drugscope), London, before returning to the Department in 1990. More About Author

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