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.

Ethnicity and Drug Policy in the USA

Ethnicity and Drug Policy in the USA

Ethnicity and drug policy in the USA
Bill Sanders


Stereotypes linking ethnicity to drug use have emerged in the USA. Such allegories have provided support for policies and practices that have marginalized and criminalized minorities. Results have included disproportional rates of arrest and incarceration for drug-related offenses. The ramping up of the war on drugs that began in the 1970s has particularly impacted African Americans and Latinos. Most American prisoners are either black or Latino, and many are incarcerated on drug-related charges.

A longstanding pattern surrounding drug policy is evident in the US. Two dominant themes are found: (i) a specific drug or drug-using practice is linked to the cause of a social ill – promiscuity, corruption, the loss of ...

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