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Mark Jayne, Gill Valentine & Sarah L. Holloway

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 8: Geographical Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Studies

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Geographical Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Studies
Geographical perspectives on drug and alcohol studies
Mark JayneGill ValentineSarah L. Holloway
Introduction

This chapter investigates the ways in which spatialities of drugs and alcohol have been considered within and beyond the discipline of geography.1 The first half of the paper shows how drugs and alcohol research includes significant and sustained consideration of geographical issues. For example, studies undertaken by scholars in a variety of disciplines including medical and health studies, psychology, sociology, politics, criminology, economics and cultural studies have considered issues relating to drugs and alcohol via ‘geographical’ issues such as spatial scale, national, regional and local identities, distinctions between public and private space, urbanity and rurality, boundaries and transgressions, visibility and invisibility, centrality and marginality and so on. ...

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