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.Über den Autor:
Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at theUniversity of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of interest are deviantbehavior, social psychology, and qualitative methods. Her classicbook, Wheeling and Dealing (1993), was one of the firstexplorations of upper-level drug dealers and smugglers.
Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the Universityof Denver. His areas of interest are sociology of drugs, sociologyof sport, and symbolic interactionism. Along with Patricia, he haswritten many books, including Backboards & Blackboards(1991), Peer Power (1998), Paradise Laborers(2004), and The Tender Cut (2011).
Together, the Adlers were honored with the 2010 George HerbertMead Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Society for the Study ofSymbolic Interaction.
Patrick K. O'Brien is a doctoral candidatein Sociology atthe University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2010, O'Brien won theOutstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Drinking and DrugsDivision of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
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