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Heroin, Acting, and Comedy in New York City

Barry Spunt

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ISBN 10: 1137599715 / ISBN 13: 9781137599711
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Heroin, Acting, and Comedy in New York City

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st ed. 2017.

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This book focuses on New York City-based actors and comedians who are self-acknowledged heroin users. Barry Spunt examines a number of hypotheses about the reasons why actors and comedians use heroin as well as the impact of heroin on performance, creativity, and career trajectory.  A primary concern of the book is the role that subculture and identity play in helping us to understand the heroin use of these entertainers. Spunt captures the voices of actors and comedians through narrative accounts from a variety of secondary sources. He also examines how New York-based films about heroin relate to the major themes of his research.

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Barry Spunt is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, USA.

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