Risk and Substance Use: Framing Dangerous People and Dangerous Places, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Risk and Substance Use

Framing Dangerous People and Dangerous Places, 1st Edition

Edited by Susanne MacGregor, Betsy Thom


320 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138491243
pub: 2020-03-09
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This interdisciplinary collection examines the role that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs have played in framing certain groups and spaces as ‘dangerous’ and in influencing the nature of formal responses to the perceived threat.

Taking an historical and cross-national perspective, it explores how such groups and spaces are defined and bounded as well as the processes by which they come to be seen as ‘risky’. It discusses how issues of perceived danger highlight questions of control and the management of behaviours, people and environments, and pays attention to the way in which sanctions and regulations have been implemented in a variety of often inconsistent ways that frequently impact differently on different sections of the population.

Bringing together a range of case studies drawn from different countries and across different periods of time, the chapters collected here illustrate issues of marginalisation, stigmatisation, human rights and social expectations. It is of interest to a diverse audience of historians, philosophers, human geographers, anthropologists, sociologists and criminologists interested in substance use and misuse, deviance, risk and power among other topics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Framing drugs and drink Susanne MacGregor and Betsy Thom

2. Substance use and ‘danger’: A historical journey Virginia Berridge and James Nicholls

3. Measuring risk and danger: Problematic concepts in substance use research and their use as advocacy tools Alfred Uhl

4. Beyond the shame frame: Social justice and ‘dangerous’ drinkers Laura Williamson

5. Women and alcohol: The womb as a ‘dangerous space’ Betsy Thom and Rachel Herring

6. Drugs, alcohol and the dangerous poor Susanne MacGregor and Aileen O’Gorman

7. Methamphetamine users and the process of condemnation in Japan Akihiko Sato

8. The contemporary complexities of Irish Traveller navigation of drug risk environments Marie Claire Van Hout

9. The myth and promise of social inclusion: Experiences of LGBTQ adults in the San Francisco Bay Area Malisa Young, Tamar Antin, and Geoffrey Hunt

10. Creating safe spaces in dangerous places: ‘Chicks Day’ for women who inject drugs Camille Stengel

11. Open drug scenes in urban spaces: Different ways in dealing with ‘dangerous classes and practices’ Heino Stőver

12. Confronting frames in ‘culturally competent’ mental health care with user perspectives Charlotte De Koch and Tom Decorte

13. 'Dangerous’ populations, spaces and practices: the production of drug ‘problems’ and risk environments in prison settings Karen Duke and Torsten Kolind

14. ‘The Walking Dead’: The impact of public policy and media discourse on Manchester’s homeless community Paul Gray and Robert Ralphs

15. Green terror in the cupboard: managing cannabis grow operations in domestic settings Axel Klein and Garry Potter

About the Editors

Susanne MacGregor is Emeritus Professor at Middlesex University London and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Betsy Thom is Professor of Health Policy and co-director of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at Middlesex University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues