1st Edition

Two Worlds of Drug Consumption in Late Modern Societies

Edited By Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Jacek Moskalewicz Copyright 2009
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    Two Worlds of Drug Consumption in Late Modern Societies reports the findings of an empirical study of drug users in London, Amsterdam, Turin, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw, European cities representative of a wide range of drug problems and public policies. The innovative study reconceives the standard distinctions between 'hard-core' and 'recreational' drug users in terms of their social position. The authors argue that this is closely related to consumption patterns rather than drug choice, and reveals that 2 relatively homogenous drug worlds exist within each of the study sites. This leads to the development of diverging drug markets; a friendly market for the integrated consumer, and a highly commercialized one for the marginalized customer, where low quality goods are sold at a higher price. These findings have significant implications for academics and professionals working in health, psychology and urban studies.

    Contents: Introduction, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Jacek Moskalewicz and Betsy Thom; Part I City Studies: Introduction to Part I, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Jacek Moskalewicz and Betsy Thom; Drug consumption in London - a city of diverse and changing scenes, Jenni Ward and Betsy Thom; Drug consumption in Amsterdam, Dirk J. Korf and Marije Wouters; Drug market and drug consumption in Turin, a post-Fordist metropolitan city, Franca Beccaria and Amadeo Cottino; Drugs in Prague in the years of transition, Ladislav Csémy and Pavla Chomynová; The city of snugness ('Gemütlichkeit'). Drug consumption and drug consumers in Vienna, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl; Drug use in Warsaw. Commercialization and criminalization of addiction, Janusz Sieroslawski and Jacek Moskalewicz. Part II Comparative Chapters: Introduction to Part II, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Jacek Moskalewicz and Betsy Thom; The social position of socially integrated and marginalized drug users from an objective and subjective perspective, Grazyna Swiatkiewicz and Michal Bujalski; Consumption patterns among socially integrated drug users, Marije Wouters, Franca Beccaria, Amadeo Cottino and Dirk J. Korf; Consumption patterns among marginalized drug users, Ladislav Csémy, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl and Benno Patsch; Maintained and non-maintained drug users, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Benno Patsch and Ladislav Csémy; Quantities, quality, costs, and sources, Jacek Moskalewicz, Jenni Ward and Betsy Thom; Conclusions, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Jacek Moskalewicz and Betsy Thom; Annex: consumption of illegal substances in Vienna: estimates of patterns of use and expenditure, Anderson E. Stanciole.


    Professor Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl is Senior Social Scientist and Lead Researcher in the research area Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, Austria. She is also University Professor at the Institute for Sociology, University of Vienna and a practising psychotherapist. Dr Jacek Moskalewicz is Head of the Alcohol and Drug Research Group, Institute for Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland. Professor Betsey Thom is Professor at the Institute of Social and health Research, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, UK.