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.

Criminological Perspectives

Criminological Perspectives

Criminological perspectives
Karen Joe Laidler


Criminology lies at a somewhat peculiar juncture in the study of drugs and alcohol. This is largely because the discipline, while commonly understood as a field in its own right, is in fact an eclectic mix of – naming only a few of the dominant ones – history, psychology, sociology, politics, public health, medicine, and law. These disciplines, with their own assumptions, paradigms, and policy concerns, have, to some extent, converged, blending to create a criminological lens on drugs and alcohol. This chapter traces the development of three key themes and debates in drug and alcohol studies in criminology.

One of the key themes in drug studies across disciplines is consumption. As social historians have underscored, consumption of pleasurable substances ...

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