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Drugs and Crime : Theories and Practices.

Author: Richard Hammersley
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2015.
Series: PCSS-Polity Crime and Society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are we so concerned about drugs and crime? Is the relationshipbetween drug-taking and criminal behaviour as straightforward as itis sometimes made to appear? What should be done about theproblem?This thought-provoking book argues that much current thinking aboutdrugs and crime is simplistic and misguided, because it fails totake into account the complex social and psychological contextsthat underpin the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hammersley, Richard.
Drugs and Crime : Theories and Practices.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Hammersley
ISBN: 9780745697284 0745697283
OCLC Number: 902957899
Description: 1 online resource (318 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Dedication; Title Page; Copyright; Preface; The author's relationship with the textbook; An aside on research funding; The need for pluralism; Acknowledgements; 1 Constructing the Problem of Drugs and Crime; The received view of the problem; Everyday thinking about drugs and crime; Risk; Pragmatic realism; The biological metaphor; Summary; Discussion points; 2 What Are Drugs?; Definitions; Which drugs?; Understanding discourse about drugs; Conclusions; Summary; Discussion points; 3 What Is Crime?; Crimes are against the law, but laws vary. Law is about maintaining and managing society's power structuresThe behaviours of individuals tend to attract more law; The nation is no longer the primary lawmaker; Developed societies are becoming safer; The major categories for crimes by individuals; Defining or recognizing crime; Violence; Defining crime in practice; Researching crime; Summary; Discussion points; 4 Drugs-Crime Connections; Detailed drugs-crime connections; Summary; Discussion points; 5 Drugs, Crime, Adolescence and Youth; Theories of development of drugs and crime; What is the 'normal' result of development? Theorizing adulthoodHow do children become well-adjusted adults?; What is normal substance use and crime in adulthood?; Summary; Discussion points; 6 Drugs, Crime and Contemporary Society; Risk society and addiction; Society's definition of drugs; Costs of drugs and crime; Why do people take drugs?; The myth of addiction; The licit substance supply industries; Illegal drugs; Summary; Discussion points; 7 Prevention; Understanding the message; Relating the message to one's own behaviour; Considering the source of the message to be legitimate and credible; Accepting the message as true. Believing that changing one's behaviour would reduce one's fearConsidering the fear to override other reasons for continuing the behaviour; Believing that one is capable of changing one's behaviour; What are the outcomes of prevention?; Summary; Discussion points; 8 Treatment of Drug Dependence; What is substance dependence or addiction?; Drug problems and drug abuse; Outcomes for treatment of substance problems; Generic properties of efficacious treatment; Denial or ambivalence?; Some widely used and often effective treatments; Co-morbidity; Treatment for the under-sixteens; More on costs. Drugs treatment and criminal justiceSummary; Discussion points; 9 The Futures of Drugs and Crime; Coping with the evidence; Surviving practice; Outcomes; Attitudes; Tackling drugs and crime; Conclusions; Discussion points; References; Index.
Series Title: PCSS-Polity Crime and Society.

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