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“Glenn D. Walter's short book Drugs and Crime in Lifestyle Perspective is another gem; it works purposefully with the complexity and diversity of the drugs-crime linkages and connections insisting that traditional ways of researching and intervening with those caught up in deviant lifestyles where drugs and crime are endemic, are unproductive. This is a book for ‘thinking’ practitioners and those concerned with creating local multiagency policy or working with drug users and offenders selling or using drugs. It offers no easy assessments or solutions but is the more productive for that.” – Howard Parker in British Journal of


The universe as seen through the eyes of Sir Isaac Newton left little room for uncertainty or chance. Hence when Newton's deterministic philosophy was adopted by scholars in fields such as psychology and sociology, the prospect of choice was all but eliminated from the list of factors considered potential causes of human behavior. In their single-minded pursuit of evidence in support of Newton's mechanistic view of the world, however, these scientists severely restricted the scope and explanatory power of their theories. Take, for instance, the fact that sole genetic or environmental determination of a behavior precludes change except under conditions in which the genetics or the environment changes. Research, however, suggests that change is possible even in situations where the “precipitating” conditions are not ...

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