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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.

The Relevance of ‘Western’ Alcohol Research and Policy to Developing Countries
The relevance of Western alcohol research and policy to developing countries
Clare Herrick

In their recent work on ‘ecological public health’, Rayner and Lang put forward the contention that ‘there is a battle for the soul of public health as a project’ (2012: 58). In large part, and as I will explore in this chapter, this is a battle being waged over evidence: what it is; how it is produced and by whom; its validity; generalisability; and relevance. With the rise and rise of evidence-based policy and evidence-based medicine (Dobrow et al., 2004; Smith and Joyce, 2012), evidence itself has become an important object of inquiry and critique. Yet, despite the swathe of writings that ...

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