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The American Drug Culture

The American Drug Culture

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Sociology (General)

February 2018 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The American Drug Culture uses sociological and other perspectives to examine drug and alcohol use in U.S. society. The text is arranged topically rather than by drug categories and explores diverse aspects of drug use, including popular culture, sexuality, legal and criminal justice systems, other social institutions, and mental and physical health. It covers alcohol, the most widely used drug in the United States, more extensively than other texts on this subject. The authors include case studies from their own field research that give students empathetic insights into the situations of those suffering from substance and alcohol abuse. 


About the Authors
Chapter 1: Introduction: Sociological and Other Explanations for Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse
The Growing Nationwide Opioid Epidemic  
Sociological Explanations  
Criminological Explanations  
Feminist Approaches  
Other Perspectives  
Researching Drug and Alcohol Use  
Chapter 2: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
The War on Drugs and the Federal Schedules  
“Good Drugs” and “Bad Drugs”: The Media, Labeling, and the Changing Image of Marijuana  
Is There a Drug Epidemic? Trends in Drug Use  
Chapter 3. Drinking Alcohol: The Alcohol Culture
Ideological Alcohol Culture  
Behavioral Alcohol Culture  
Material Alcohol Culture  
Social Functions of Drinking  
Brief History of Drinking in America  
Drinking and Occupations  
Chapter 4: Alcohol and Social Institutions
Alcohol and the Family  
Alcohol and Religion  
Alcohol and Education  
Alcohol and Government  
Alcohol and Public Opinion  
Chapter 5: Benefits and Costs of Alcohol
Benefits of Alcohol  
Costs of Alcohol  
6. Alcohol in Popular Culture
Depictions of Drinking and Alcohol in Art  
Movies and Television  
Alcohol and Music  
Alcohol and Literature  
Drinking Games  
Chapter 7: Alcohol and Sexual Behavior
Drinking and Disinhibition  
People and Places: Drinking Contexts and Sexuality  
Chapter 8: Alcoholism
Perspectives On and Explanations of Alcoholism  
Becoming Alcoholic  
Relapse and Abstinence Cycles  
The Family and Alcoholism  
Treating Alcoholism  
Chapter 9: The History of Drug Use in America and Attempts to Control it
The Origin of Hashish and the Persian Assassins  
Chinese Opium Wars  
Controlling Drug Use  
The Geneva International Commission  
Medicalizing Drug Use  
The Drug Abuse Warning Network  
The Marijuana Controversy  
Chapter 10: Drugs in Popular Culture
Literature and Poetry  
Movies and Television  
Relationship between Licit and Illicit Drug Use and the Media  
Relationship Between Marijuana, Heroin, and Other Harder Drugs: Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?  
Chapter 11: Becoming a Drug User: Careers, Personalities, and Interaction - Two Perspectives
A Psychotherapeutic Approach  
A Reporter’s Observations  
A Sociological Perspective  
Chapter 12: The Business of Drug Use: Crime and Law Enforcement
The Mexico–U.S. Drug Connection  
Drugs and Secondary Deviance  
Women and Drug Dealing  
Crack Dealing  
Drugs and the Mafia  
Drug Cartels and the Market for Drugs  
Law Enforcement  
Medical Professionals and Drugs  
Chapter 13: Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
Prevention Efforts  
Programs Directed at Youth  
Diversion: Drug Court  
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  
Rehabilitation Program Studies  
Informal Self-Help Programs: Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous  
Therapeutic Communities  
Methadone Maintenance  
An Innovative Approach  
Unconventional Approaches  
Appendix A: Case Histories: Alcohol Abusers
Appendix B: Case Histories: Drug Abusers

“[The American Drug Culture] addresses professionals and substance use, an important topic. It also provides case studies, which is very useful.”

Jane Nichols
Southern Illinois University

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ISBN: 9781506304663