Drugs and Society

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byAndrew D. Hathaway

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aChallenging students to think critically about issues surrounding drug and substance use in Canada, this text explores the many ways in which perceptions of drug use are socially constructed.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aChallenging students to think critically about issues surrounding drug and substance use in Canada, this text explores the many ways in which perceptions of drug use are socially constructed.

Andrew D. Hathaway is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph. He does research in the areas of illicit drug use, harm reduction, human rights, and Canadian drug policy. Professor Hathaway has held a number of federal grants to study the use of marijuana for medical conditions...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.53 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199007888

ISBN - 13:9780199007882

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1. Studying Drugs and SocietyIntroduction: What Are Drugs?Types of DrugsDrug EffectsPsychological PerspectivesThe Role of Expectations and the EnvironmentClassic Sociological Perspectives on Drug Problems- Social Learning and SubculturesImplications for Drug Policy2. Theoretical Perspectives on Drugs: How Do We Know What We Know?IntroductionTheoretical Developments- Labelling Theory- Conflict TheoryThe Constructionist Perspective- Strict ConstructionismA Contextual FrameworkRhetorical WorkPerspectives on the Role of MediaDrug Politics and Panics3. Drugs in Historical PerspectiveIntroductionA Brief History of Drugs and Drug Control- The Twentieth CenturyConstructing Canada's Drug ProblemThe Murphy FactorOrigins of Drug LawDrug Use-related Discourse4. Drug Policy PerspectivesIntroductionDrug Use Trends and Policy ActivitiesThe Le Dain Report (1972)On Charter RightsA Philosophical PerspectiveThe Harm Reduction Movement- Canada's Drug Strategy(Re)Defining Harm ReductionDrug Policy Activity in the New MillenniumThe House and Senate Reports5. Sociocultural DimensionsIntroductionIs Drug Use Being Normalized?Marijuana Normalization- Availability and Access- Prevalence of Use- Social Tolerance of Users- Cultural Accommodation- Public Attitudes and Policy ActivityPerceptions and Experiences of StigmaExperiences of Medical Marijuana Users- The Domination Matrix- Ideological DimensionsFrom LSD to Ecstasy: The Psychedelic EraPanic at the Disco? Constructing Ecstasy and "Club Drugs"6. Drugs as SymbolsIntroductionCigarettes and Resistance to (and Through) SmokingThe Heroin SubcultureDrug Subcultures and Contemporary LifestylesClashing SymbolsThe Crime of Drug Possession7. Drugs as Symptoms: Constructions of AddictionIntroductionConstructions of AddictionAddiction Treatment ModelsThe DSM Criteria for Substance Use DisordersA Case Study: Marijuana Use DisordersExposure and Adaptive Understandings of AddictionThe Role of Social Dislocation- Canadian Examples- Challenges and Implications8. Drugs as Instruments or ToolsIntroductionFunctions of Psychoactive Drug Use- Enhancing Social Interaction- Improved Performance and Coping with Stress or Fatigue- Self-Medication for Psychological Disorders- Expanded Sensory Perception- Improved Physical Appearance- Getting HighDrug Expectations and EffectsExpectations and Effects of Marijuana Use- InterpretationConstructing Cannabis as Medicine- Further ImplicationsMarijuana Use for Work, Leisure, and Transcendence- Interpretation and ExpansionConclusionGlossaryReferencesIndex