Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs / Edition 1

Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs / Edition 1

by Philip Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814742440

ISBN-13: 9780814742440

Pub. Date: 07/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

America has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance. In the last forty years, such panics have often focused on synthetic or designer drugs, like methamphetamine, PCP, Ecstasy, methcathinone, and rave drugs like ketamine, and GHB. Fear of these substances has provided…  See more details below

Overview

America has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance. In the last forty years, such panics have often focused on synthetic or designer drugs, like methamphetamine, PCP, Ecstasy, methcathinone, and rave drugs like ketamine, and GHB. Fear of these substances has provided critical justification for the continuing "war on drugs."

Synthetic Panics traces the history of these anti-drug movements, demonstrating that designer chemicals inspire so much fear not because they are uniquely dangerous, but became they bring into focus deeply rooted public concerns about social and cultural upheaval. Jenkins highlights the role of the mass media in spreading anti-drug hysteria and shows how proponents of the war on drugs use synthetic panics to scapegoat society's "others" and exacerbate racial, class, and intergenerational conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742440
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
885,167
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Usage
Abbreviations
1Synthetic Panics1
2Speed Kills29
3Monsters: The PCP Crisis, 1975-8554
4Suppressing Ecstasy: The Designer Drug Crisis76
5The Menace That Went Away: The Ice Age, 1989-9095
6The CAT Attack, 1993-94117
7Redneck Cocaine: The Methamphetamine Panic of the Nineties132
8Rave Drugs and Rape Drugs160
9The Next Panic183
Abbreviations in Notes199
Notes201
Index239
About the Author247

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