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Criminological Perspectives
Criminological perspectives
Karen Joe Laidler

Criminology lies at a somewhat peculiar juncture in the study of drugs and alcohol. This is largely because the discipline, while commonly understood as a field in its own right, is in fact an eclectic mix of – naming only a few of the dominant ones – history, psychology, sociology, politics, public health, medicine, and law. These disciplines, with their own assumptions, paradigms, and policy concerns, have, to some extent, converged, blending to create a criminological lens on drugs and alcohol. This chapter traces the development of three key themes and debates in drug and alcohol studies in criminology.

One of the key themes in drug studies across disciplines is consumption. As social historians have underscored, consumption of pleasurable substances ...

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