Social Value of Drug Addicts: Uses of the Useless (BOK)

Merrill Singer, Bryan J. Page

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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 analyse media representations, drug policy, and underlying social structures to show what industries and social sectors benefit from the criminalisation, demonisation, and even popular glamorisation of addicts. Synthesising a broad range of key literature and advancing innovative arguments about the social construction of drug users and their role in contemporary society, this book is an important contribution to public health, medical anthropology, popular culture, and related fields.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Bryan J. Page, Merrill Singer
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9781611321173
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 522 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Public health & preventive medicine, Illness & addiction: social aspects