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Reinarman, Craig and Levine, Harry G, eds. (1997) Crack in America: demon drugs and social justice. Berkeley: University of California Press .

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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. 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.


Item Type:Book
Date:1997
Call No:BK, VB
Pages:xvi, 3
Publisher:University of California Press
Place of Publication:Berkeley
ISBN:0-520-20242-2
Keywords:cocaine product, crack cocaine, prenatal cocaine exposure, harm reduction, war on drugs, United States
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Accession Number:HRB 1029 (Available)
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Prohibition (Substance use public policy)
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Drug laws
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Substance related violence
VA Geographic area > Australia and Oceania > Australia
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Drug decriminalisation or legalisation
B Substances > Cocaine > Crack cocaine
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
VA Geographic area > United States
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Sociocultural substance use
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Societal attitude toward substance use
R Research > Type of research study > Research involving two or more groups > Cross-cultural study
MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy

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