With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Drug Policy in Practice

Drug Policy in Practice

Drug policy in practice
Esben HouborgBagga Bjerge


In this chapter, we present a policy in practice approach, which is an approach to analyze and understand drug policies that have gained increasing ground within the past decade amongst drug policy researchers. This approach is especially inspired by research within the fields of sociology and anthropology. While there is much research on how policies shape practice, there is less knowledge about policy as practice, which can answer questions about the kinds of activities policy making entails, and what policy makers do (cf. Freeman et al., 2011). We begin with briefly presenting how drug policies have most commonly been analyzed within the drug field. Subsequently, we go into details with the policy in practice approach, ...

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