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Social Value of Drug Addicts : Uses of the Useless.

Author: Merrill Singer; J Bryan Page
Publisher: Walnut Creek : Left Coast Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drug users are typically portrayed as worthless slackers, burdens on society, and just plain useless-culturally, morally, and economically. By contrast, this book argues that the social construction of some people as useless is in fact extremely useful to other people. Leading medical anthropologists Merrill Singer and J. Bryan Page analyze media representations, drug policy, and underlying social structures to show  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Merrill Singer; J Bryan Page
ISBN: 1611321182 9781611321180 1611321174 9781611321173 9781611321197 1611321190
OCLC Number: 994460933
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (249 pages)
Contents: Ts; Introduction; 1. Drugs, Race, and Gender in the Social Construction of Drug Consumers: Recognizing the Origins of Othering; 2. Drug Users through the Ages: When Did We Decide Addicts Were a Separate Category?; 3. Representations of Addicts and the Construction of Prohibitions; 4. Imagine That: Drug Users and Literature; 5. Picture This: Pictorial Construction of Drug Users in the World of Film; 6. The Legal Construction of Drug Users: Policy, the Courts, Incarcerating Institutions, Police Practice, and the War on Drugs; 7. Drug Users in Social Science: The Others We've Made. Conclusion: From the Making and Using of the Useless to Social IntegrationReferences; Index; About the Authors.

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