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Butler, Shane and Jordan, Tony (2011) The globalization of addiction: a study in the poverty of spirit. Drugs: Education Prevention and Policy , 18 , (4) , pp. 270-275.

Review essay.

Bruce Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, is probably best known for his ‘Rat Park’ experiments (Alexander, Beyerstein, Hadaway, & Coambs, 1981): experiments which confirmed cleverly and imaginatively the inadequacy of research which purports to explain psychoactive drug use and dependence solely in pharmacological terms, while ignoring environmental factors. His latest book, The Globalisation of Addiction, may be seen as a synthesis of his lifelong study of this topic, reaffirming and summarizing his convictions about the limitations of biomedical models of addiction.

Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 270-275
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use
G Health and disease > Disease model
G Health and disease > Disorder classification
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder

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