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 a 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 it 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: risk and substance use Betsy Thom and Susanne MacGregor
2. Substance use, dangerous classes and spaces: a historical perspective James Nicholls and Virginia Berridge
3. Methamphetamine users and the process of condemnation in Japan: framing and influence Akihiko Sato
4. Dangerous drugs, dangerous women: declasseé women, drugs and sapphic sexuality in 1930s London Christopher Hallam
5. Drinking in pregnancy: shifting towards the 'precautionary principle' Betsy Thom, Rachel Herring and Emma Milne
6. Creating safe spaces in dangerous places: 'Chicks Day' for women who inject drugs in Budapest, Hungary Camille May Stengel
7. Risk factors and dangerous clases in a European context: the consequences of ethnic framing of and among Turkish drug users in Ghent, Belgium Charlotte De Kock
8. The contemporary complexities of Irish Traveller navigation of drug risk environments Marie Claire Van Hout
9. Drink, drugs and the 'dangerous poor': fear and loathing in contemporary cities Susanne MacGregor and Aileen O'Gorman
10. Framing and reframing drug 'problems' in prison spaces and populations Karen Duke and Torsten Kolind
11. Deviant and dangerous: queer adults, smoker-related stigma and tobacco de-nromalisation Emile Sanders, Tamar M.J. Antin and Geoffrey Hunt
12. Coming out of the closet: risk management strategies of illegal cannabis growers Gary R. Potter and Axel Klein
13. Framing substance use problems: influence on key concepts, methods of research and policy orientation Alfred Uhl
14. Conclusion: risk, danger and policies towards psychoactive substances Susanne MacGregor and Betsy Thom
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.