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.

Geographical Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Studies

Geographical Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Studies

Geographical perspectives on drug and alcohol studies
Mark JayneGill ValentineSarah L. Holloway


This chapter investigates the ways in which spatialities of drugs and alcohol have been considered within and beyond the discipline of geography.1 The first half of the paper shows how drugs and alcohol research includes significant and sustained consideration of geographical issues. For example, studies undertaken by scholars in a variety of disciplines including medical and health studies, psychology, sociology, politics, criminology, economics and cultural studies have considered issues relating to drugs and alcohol via ‘geographical’ issues such as spatial scale, national, regional and local identities, distinctions between public and private space, urbanity and rurality, boundaries and transgressions, visibility and invisibility, centrality and marginality and so on. ...

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