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Crack In America By Edited by Craig Reinarman

Crack In America
by Edited by Craig Reinarman

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Focuses on crack cocaine. In reinterpreting the crack story, this book offers fresh understandings of both drug addiction and drug prohibition. It shows how crack use arose in the face of growing unemployment, poverty, racism, and shrinking social services. It examines the crack scare as a phenomenon in its own right.
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Crack In America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice by Edited by Craig Reinarman

"Crack in America" is the definitive book on crack cocaine. In reinterpreting the crack story, it offers new understandings of both drug addiction and drug prohibition. It shows how crack use arose in the face of growing unemployment, poverty, racism, and shrinking social services. It places crack in its historical context - as the latest in a long line of demonized drugs - and it examines the crack scare as a phenomenon in its own right. Most important, it uses crack and the crack scare as windows onto America's larger drug and drug policy problems. Written by a team of veteran drug researchers in medicine, law, and the social sciences, this book provides the most comprehensive, penetrating, and original analysis of the crack problem to date. It reviews the social pharmacology of crack and offers rich ethnographic case studies of crack binging, addiction, and sales. It explores crack's different impacts on whites, blacks, the middle class, and the poor, and explains why crack was always much less of a problem in other countries such as Canada, Australia, and The Netherlands. "Crack in America" helps readers understand why the United States has the most repressive, expensive, and yet least effective drug policy in the Western world. It discusses the ways politicians and the media generated the crack scare as the centerpiece of the War on Drugs. It catalogues the costs of the War on Drugs for civil liberties, situates crack use and sales in the political economy of the inner cities in the 1980s, and shows how the drug war led to the most massive wave of imprisonment in U.S. history. Finally, it explains why the failures of drug prohibition have led to the emergence of the harm reduction movement and other opposition forces that are changing the face of U.S. drug policy.

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Crack In America Reviews


"Thoroughly researched and expertly written. . . the definitive book on crack."--"In These Times

About Edited by Craig Reinarman


Craig Reinarman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Harry G. Levine is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents


LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CONTRIBUTORS

1. Crack in Context: America's Latest Demon Drug
Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine

2. The Crack Attack: Politics and Media in the Crack Scare
Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine

PART I * MYTHS AND REALITIES

3* In Search of Horatio Alger:
Culture and Ideology in the Crack Economy
Phillipe Bourgois

4* The Contingent Call of the Pipe:
Bingeing and Addiction Among Heavy Cocaine Smokers
Craig Reinarman, Dan Waldorf, Sheigla B. Murphy, Harry G. Levine

5* Two Women Who Used Cocaine Too Much:
Class, Race, Gender, Crack, and Coke
Sheigla B. Murphy and Marsha Rosenbaum

6. Crack and Homicide in New York City:
A Case Study in the Epidemiology of Violence
Paul] Goldstein, Henry H. Brownstein, Patrick] Ryan, Patricia A. Bellucci

7. The Social Pharmacology of Smokeable Cocaine:
Not All It's Cracked Up To Be
John P. Morgan and Lynn Zimmer

PART II * CRACK IN COMPARABLE SOCIETIES

8. Crack Use in Canada: A Distant American Cousin
Yuet W. Cheung and Patricia G. Erickson

g. Crack in Australia: Why Is There No Problem?
Stephen K. Mugford

10. Crack in the Netherlands: Effective Social Policy Is Effective Drug Policy
Peter D. A. Cohen

PART III * THE PRICE OF REPRESSION

11. "When Constitutional Rights Seem Too Extravagant To Endure":
The Crack Scare's Impact on Civil Rights and Liberties
Ira Glasser and Loren Siegel

12. The Pregnancy Police Fight the War on Drugs
Loren Siegel

13. Pattern, Purpose, and Race in the Drug War:
The Crisis of Credibility in Criminal Justice
Troy Duster

14. Drug Prohibition in the U.S.: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives
Ethan A. Nadelmann

PART IV * FROM PUNITIVE PROHIBITION
TO HARM REDUCTION

15. Punitive Prohibition in America
Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine

16. The Cultural Contradictions of Punitive Prohibition
Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine

17. Real Opposition, Real Alternatives:
Reducing the Harms of Drug Use and Drug Policy
Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine

Epilogue. We've Been Here Before:
Excerpts from the 1967 Report of the Task Force on
Narcotics and Drug Abuse of the President's Commission on Law
Enforcement and the Administration of justice

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Crack In America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice by Edited by Craig Reinarman
Edited by Craig Reinarman
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1997-09-04
359
0520202422
9780520202429
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