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Drug use and social change: the distortion of history

Shiner, Michael (2009) Drug use and social change: the distortion of history. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230222724

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Abstract

This book provides a fresh, challenging perspective on one of the most talked about, but least understood, issues of our time. Using Britain as a case study and drawing on national survey data, Michael Shiner explores the social characteristics of those who use illicit drugs, the broader lifestyle context in which they do so and the way that drug use fits into the life-course. Whilst noting various ways in which the rise of illicit drug use has been linked to broader processes of social change, the analysis identifies important areas of continuity and suggests that recent developments do not constitute the radical departure that is often supposed, The key issues we face today, it is argued, are not so very different from those that began to be identified half a century ago, and there continues to be much we can learn from the past.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009 10:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25091/

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