Confronting the Drug Control Establishment: Alfred Lindesmith as a Public Intellectualby David Patrick Keys, John F. Galliher
Pub. Date: 11/01/1999
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Confronting the Drug Control Establishment is a biography of Alfred R. Lindesmith and an intellectual history of his times. A sociologist at Indiana University,/i>
Examines the career of sociologist Alfred R. Lindesmith, who argued against drug prohibitions from the 1930s onward, warning of the threat to democracy and advocating more humane drug control laws.
Confronting the Drug Control Establishment is a biography of Alfred R. Lindesmith and an intellectual history of his times. A sociologist at Indiana University, Lindesmith believed legal prohibition of addictive drugs was futile and wrote widely on the threat to democracy inherent in such a policy.
Lindesmith’s career began during the 1930s and developed along with the emerging drug prohibitions in the early and mid-twentieth century. Throughout his life Lindesmith attempted to utilize his research for the creation of more rational and humane drug control laws. His consistent message was that the addict’s self-concept is a central element in human addiction. Lindesmith felt that an overriding influence on an addict’s self-concept is a fear of withdrawal, which keeps an addict from seeking treatment and becomes a key driving force in the drug problem.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Chapter 1. Origins and Overview of the Professional Life of Alfred Ray Lindesmith
Chapter 2. Lindesmith's Experience in the Chicago School of Sociology: The Influence of Herbert Blumer and Edwin Sutherland
Chapter 3. A Revised Theory of Opiate Addiction and the Writing of the Book Opiate Addiction
Chapter 4. Contributions to Psychotherapy, Social Psychology, and Symbolic Interaction
Chapter 5. Lindesmith versus Anslinger: Efforts to Reform National Drug Policy, 19371950 and the Film Drug Addict
Chapter 6. Writing The Addict and the Law: A Statement of Policy
Chapter 7. Public Discourse: Lindesmith in the Role of Humanist Citizen and Public Intellectual
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