The Sociology of American Drug Use / Edition 2

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Revised and updated in its second edition, The Sociology of American Drug Use is an ideal text for drug courses offered in sociology and criminology departments. Presenting a broader sociological perspective on drug use in American society than any other text, it includes extensive coverage of various methods and statistics for measuring drug use, a topic that is particularly relevant for sociology students. The authors open with an examination of the construction of drug use as a social problem, setting the stage for the rest of the book. The first section of the text addresses basic conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues in the study of drug use, while the second section analyzes its various social correlates: demographic, institutional, health, economic, cultural and subcultural, and violent and criminal. The final section focuses on societal reaction to drug use, with discussions of prohibition, decriminalization, and legalization policy options and drug treatment, drug education, and drug testing. In contrast with most texts--which present chapter-by-chapter treatments of various types of drugs--this unique book condenses that information into a single chapter, providing students with an organizational framework that is similar to that of other criminology courses.

Completely updated throughout, the second edition of The Sociology of American Drug Use treats demographic and institutional correlates in separate chapters, adding discussions of religion to the institutional chapter. It also provides more coverage of college students and drug use and additional material on over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and methamphetamines. The text is enhanced by several helpful pedagogical tools in each chapter, including two types of text boxes: "Drugs: Myths and Reality" (new to this edition) and "Drugs and Everyday Life." "Critical Thinking" questions encourage students to consider the issues in depth, while "Learning from the Internet" exercises (new to this edition) require them to research specific topics outside of the text and the classroom. An Instructor's Manual on CD contains an overview, learning objectives, a detailed outline, and test questions (multiple-choice, true-false, and essay) for each chapter. It also offers a list of important internet resources and PowerPoint lecture slides.

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"I believe this to be the most comprehensive, sensible, and thorough treatment of the sociology of drugs in America. Compared to its major competitors, this book is far more sociological, much better at keeping up with current trends, and addresses what I feel are the most important topics in the field. I am a fan of this book and most certainly will be one of the first adopters of the second edition."--Peter Adler, University of Denver

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195375282
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Faupel is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Auburn University.

Greg S. Weaver is Associate Professor of Sociology at Auburn University.

Jay Corzine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: A Sociological Approach to Drug Use
Chapter 1: The Sociological Study of Drug Use
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Drugs in America
Chapter 3: Classifying Psychoactive Drugs
Chapter 4: Theoretical Explanations for Drug Use
Chapter 5: Subcultures of Drug Use
Chapter 6: Official and Unofficial Data Sources
Section 2: Social Correlates of Drug Use
Chapter 7: Demographic and Occupational Correlates of Drug Use
Chapter 8: Health Correlates of Drug Use
Chapter 9: Drugs and the Economy
Chapter 10: Drugs, Crime and Violence
Section 3: Societal Responses to Drug Use
Chapter 11: Legal Responses to Drug Use: Prohibition, Decriminalization and Legalization
Chapter 12: Therapeutic Responses to Drug Use: Drug Treatment
Chapter 13: Preemptive Responses to Drug Use: Drug Education and Drug Testing
Chapter 14: Drug Policy for the Twenty-First Century
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