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Sociological approaches to the study of drug use and policy

Stevens, Alex (2011) Sociological approaches to the study of drug use and policy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22 (6). pp. 399-403. ISSN 0955-3959. (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.10.003) (KAR id:29902)

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Sociology has contributed much to the study of drug use and dependence, as

numerous reviews can attest (e.g. Adrian, 2003; Allen, 2007; Bergeron, 2009; Faupel,

Horowitz, & Weaver, 2004; Rhodes, 2009; Weinberg, 2011). However, the study of

drug policy has often been left to economists, with assistance from operational

researchers, public policy specialists, lawyers and psychologists (e.g. Boyum &

Reuter, 2005; Caulkins, Tragler, & Wallner, 2009; Donohue, Ewing, & Peloquin,

2011; Kleiman, 2009; MacCoun & Reuter, 2001). As Peter Reuter recently stated,

while economics has provided useful contributions to the analysis of the drug trade

seen as a market, economists have too often failed to question or verify the – often

grand – assumptions that they tend to bring to the study of these markets (Reuter,


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2011.10.003
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug habits and abuse
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 10:15 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:07 UTC
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