Drugs and the American Dream: An Anthology

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Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of chiefly contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States.

  • Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy.
  • The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts.
  • Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices
  • Brief framing introductions to each article provide "interconnective tissue," guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows.
  • Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs.
  • Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.

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Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States. Featuring contributions from many leading experts in the field, the book addresses topics such as, the origins and evolution of drug use in the U.S., moral quandaries surrounding drug use, and how race/ethnicity, social class, gender, and age affect drug use.  This authoritative and thought-provoking anthology offers engaging, descriptive selections that can be analyzed and interpreted differently, depending on the perspective of the instructor and student.

About the Author:

Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of interest are deviant behavior, social psychology, and qualitative methods. Her classic book, Wheeling and Dealing (1993), was one of the first explorations of upper-level drug dealers and smugglers.

Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. His areas of interest are sociology of drugs, sociology of sport, and symbolic interactionism. Along with Patricia, he has written many books, including Backboards & Blackboards (1991), Peer Power (1998), Paradise Laborers (2004), and The Tender Cut (2011).

Together, the Adlers were honored with the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Patrick K. O'Brien is a doctoral candidatein Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2010, O'Brien won the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Drinking and Drugs Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

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Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Drugs and the American Dream contains some of the most compelling observations I have read on the drug scene in America. This anthology contains those classic studies that continue to stand the test of time in their reflection on the dynamics of drug use; also included here is exciting new research that pushes the boundaries of our understanding of drug use in American society. The editors have tapped some of the most readable research in the drug field, conducted and written by the most skilled ethnographers and seasoned observers of the drug scene. Charles Faupel, Auburn University This comprehensive volume offers some of the most compelling arguments about our toxicmanic culture ever assembled. The impressive scope and clarity of the material offers the reading public both lay and academic an exceptionally valuable resource. As one would expect from a work assembled by Patricia and Peter Adler along with colleague Patrick O'Brian, , this comprehensive thesaurus of sociological, anthropological and medical knowledge offers a wide range of superb contributors who makes this a reference work particularly relevant to students, scholars, policy makers and general public. This is not only an excellent volume of research on drugs but also brings possibly the best assemblage of noted experts on the subject. This array of social scientists together captures successfully the quality and quantity of research in the field and is an Invitation for all who read this remarkable text to engage the social sciences in an exciting and educational way. Terry Williams, The New School Adler, Adler and O'Brien have constructed an exciting anthology on the sociological aspects of drug use and abuse. This text assembles some of the most important readings on drug use by those involved in the craft of the sociological study of drugs. The rich, descriptive works anthologized in this reader range from classic, foundational articles on substance use to incisive, contemporary work on recent drug trends. Collectively, this anthology provides a critical and comprehensive assessment of the social dimensions of drug use. I applaud Adler, Adler, & O'Brien for developing a reader with both significant pedagogical value for the classroom and practical utility as a reference tool in scholarly work. Brian C Kelly, Purdue University. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0470670274

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