The social value of drug addicts: uses of the useless

"Drug users are typically portrayed as worthless slackers, burdens on society, and just plain useless--culturally, morally, and economically. By contrast, this book argues that the social construction of some people as useless is in fact extremely useful to other people. Leading medical anthrop...

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Main Author: Singer, Merrill (Author)
Other Authors: Page, J. Bryan (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: London New Yor Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2016
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Summary:"Drug users are typically portrayed as worthless slackers, burdens on society, and just plain useless--culturally, morally, and economically. By contrast, this book argues that the social construction of some people as useless is in fact extremely useful to other people. Leading medical anthropologists Merrill Singer and J. Bryan Page analyze media representations, drug policy, and underlying social structures to show what industries and social sectors benefit from the criminalization, demonization, and even popular glamorization of addicts. Synthesizing a broad range of key literature and advancing innovative arguments about the social construction of drug users and their role in contemporary society, this book is an important contribution to public health, medical anthropology, popular culture, and related fields"--
Machine generated contents note: IntroductionChapter 1. The Social Construction of Drug ConsumersChapter 2. Drug Users through the Ages: When Did Addicts Become a Separate Category?Chapter 3. Representations of Addicts and the Construction of ProhibitionsChapter 4. Imagine That: Drug Users and LiteratureChapter 5. Picture This: Pictorial Construction of Drug Users in the World of FilmChapter 6. The Legal Construction of Drug Users:Policy, the Courts, Incarcerating Institutions, Police Practice, and the War on DrugsChapter 7. Drug Users in Social Science: The Others We've MadeConclusionReferencesIndexAbout the Authors
Item Description:Enthält bibiographiscche Angaben (Seite 219-242) und einen Index
Physical Description:248 Seiten Illustrationen 23 cm
ISBN:9781611321173